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CAMBRIDGE PREVIEW

19 October 2012

PRE-MATCH THOUGHTS

Paul Buckle: “We’re in a good place right now, we go into the game in good form having won four of our last five and Saturday’s a big and an exciting game. We might be forced into some changes but everyone is ready and looking forward to it. We’ve had a development game in the week and everyone’s been at it in training. The players have shown great spirit, togetherness and endeavour  especially in the last game and Saturday is a chance for us to go out and expresses ourselves and, hopefully, we can put ourselves in the hat for the next round.”

Richard Money: “We probably wouldn’t have wished to meet each other at this stage because we both want to go further in the Cup, but we feel we’ve got every chance. This is a big competition for clubs at our level because if you get through, the next round is when the League clubs start to join in and we’re no different to anyone else and we want to be in those draws.”

TEAM NEWS

Hatters: Yaser Kasim, Simon Ainge and Connor Essam are all cup-tied so manager Paul Buckle will ring the changes with Janos Kovacs expected to come back into the starting XI. His central defensive partner is up for debate with Dean Beckwith and Alex Lacey both struggling to be fit in time. Today the Hatters secured the capture of International midfielder Arnaud Mendy who is likely to be in contention to start. Stuart Fleetwood is also available again after serving his one-match ban against Nuneaton.

Cambridge: Richard Money has the luxury of being able to name a relatively unchanged side to the one that earned a point against Gateshead last weekend. If he so chooses it will mean that despite being back available Harrison Dunk and Scott Garner will miss the tie.

IN FOCUS

CAMBRIDGE UNITED

Manager: Richard Money
Last Season: 9th Blue Square Bet Premier
Nickname: The U's
Top Goalscorer: Tom Elliot & Michael Gash (Both on 6 goals)
Hatters Link: Former Town Boss Richard Money is in charge at the Abbey Stadium, along with former Hatters Robbie Willmott and Rossi Jarvis who made 116 appearances between them during their time at Kenilworth Road.

THE LAST TIME
The last time these two sides met was as recent as last month as they met at Kenilworth Road for an early season Blue Square Premier meeting. With differentiating results heading into the game the form book played its part and saw the Hatters run out 3-2 winners with Dean Beckwith bagging the decisive strike.

HEAD2HEAD

With Town's victory last month the scales have tipped ever so slightly in the Hatters favour seeing them head into the game with a one win advantage in the history books. However the overall statistics do not tell the whole story with Town only leaving Abbey Stadium with the win on three occasions compared to Money's men's four.

Town Wins: 8
Draws: 10
United Wins: 7
Goal Difference: Luton Town +2
Official Website: http://www.cambridgeunited.com

Live & Online: Can't get to the game? Remember lutontown.co.uk will have all the action as it unfolds. Hatters Player will have live commentary plus all the reaction after the final whistle. To sign up to Player visit www.hattersplayer.co.uk for more information.

Tickets: Tickets go off sale at 2pm this afternoon and it is an all ticket game at Abbey Stadium. For those of you who are attending a little reminder that kick-off is at the earlier time 1pm.


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