A huge Premier League fixture awaits Luton Town in the hunt for survival as we travel south to the Vitality Stadium to face AFC Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.
Rob Edwards’ side finished last week with their heads held high after tough fixtures against Arsenal and Manchester City – the Hatters will now be looking for points before the New Year.
Andoni Iraola’s Cherries have been the most in-form side in the Premier League with 13 points gained from their last five games, including a dominant 3-0 win at Old Trafford last weekend.
Bournemouth appointed former Rayo Vallecano manager Iraola this summer after Gary O’Neil steered the Cherries to Premier League safety in their return to the top-flight.
Iraola’s side have earned 16 points over their last seven Premier League games, having been winless in 13 before this. Since their first game in this run in October, only Liverpool have earned more Premier League points than the Cherries.
Bournemouth have kept clean sheets in both of their last two Premier League games, but they have never won three in a row without conceding in the top-flight.
Dominic Solanke has scored four goals in his last five Premier League games. However, Bournemouth’s number nine has never scored in consecutive top-flight appearances.
The Cherries have won just one of their last six league games against the Hatters. This is the first ever top-flight meeting between the sides.
Marvelous Nakamba picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against the reigning champions so will be suspended for the game with the Cherries.
Mads Andersen played 60 minutes in the Premier League Cup against Chelsea U21s on Tuesday night, while Cauley Woodrow is back in full training.
Luton Town took all three points in the 97th minute against promotion-chasing Bournemouth in January 2022 at Kenilworth Road.
A Lloyd Kelly own goal and a screamer from Allan Campbell gave the Hatters a two-goal cushion at half-time.
Emiliano Marcondes and Morgan Rogers clawed the game back for the Cherries before Kal Naismith scored an iconic winner in the dying seconds of the match.
Last time out
The Hatters almost claimed a famous result against treble winners Manchester City last Sunday at Kenilworth Road.
Elijah Adebayo scored on the stroke of half-time to give the home side the lead before Bernardo Silva and Jack Grealish turned the game around for the champions.
The referee for our fixture against Bournemouth will be Simon Hooper.
69 yellow cards and three red cards have been handed out by Hooper across his 14 games this season.
Luton Town last had a game ran by Hooper when we hosted Sunderland in the second leg of our successful Championship play-off semi-final tie in May.
Referee: Simon Hooper
Assistant Referees: Adrian Holmes & Simon Long
Fourth Official: James Linington
VAR: David Coote
AVAR: Timothy Wood
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