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4 January 2013

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Our light-hearted, quite-of-interesting look at Saturday's cup tie

The magic of the FA Cup returns to the Kenilworth Road turf as the Hatters play host to Wolverhampton Wanderers for a lucrative spot in the fourth round.

Who? Wolverhampton Wanderers formed in 1877 they play their home games at the glorious Molineux Stadium which has a capacity of over 30,000.

Where are the Wolves? Currently 18th in the Championship...or if you meant geographically roughly 100 miles from Kenilworth Road in the West Midlands.

Get here early! It's almost a sell-out at Kenilworth Road so remember to get here in plenty of time to take your seat. The bar underneath the Kenilworth Road end and the Nick Owen bar are open to supporters from midday. If you still need a ticket, hurry - call the ticket office on 01582 411622 or for corporate seats 01582 411622.

Is there going to be a fairytale ending? Possibly. Wolves have had a difficult run of late which has seen them pick up just three wins in their last 10 matches. Three successive defeats for Stale Solbakken's men could mean the Hatters are in with a sniff.

Cup qualifications. The Town are unbeaten in cup competitions this season seeing them battle through seven cup fixtures to seal a third round spot in both the FA Cup and FA Trophy. Wolves on the other hand overcame an early upset scare against Aldershot to knock them out of the Capital One Cup on penalties before seeing off Northampton in the second round. Their journey was brought to an abrupt end however when Chelsea cruised to a 6-0 at Stamford Bridge in the third round.

Is that who I think it is...? You may recognise one or two names upon the Championship club's team-sheet, none more so than former Hatters Kevin Foley and Dave Edwards. Foley, a born Lutonian, made over 150 games for the Hatters during a 12 year tenure which saw him progress from the academy to a first team regular.

Home or away? The form books show the Hatters boast eight wins in their 13 home fixtures this season whilst a Wolverhampton have found success only six times in 15 away games so far this campaign.

Beware of the Wolves. In 16 meetings at Kenilworth Road throughout the years Wolves have the upper hand...slightly. They won seven times in comparison to the Hatters’ six. The Town however have netted once more than Wolves during those fixtures with 30 goals ahead of Wolverhampton's 29. 

It's been a while. Yes, it has been quite a while since we last locked horns with Wolves back in 2006/07 whilst enduring a gruelling Championship campaign which saw our opponents do the double over  the Town.

Remember, Remember the 5th of November. If your scouring your records looking for the last Hatters win you may have to shift a few pages first. David Pleat's Luton Town travelled to Wolverhampton in search of maximum points from their League One clash back in 1994. An inspirational Hatters performance saw them return to Bedfordshire victorious 3-2.

Andre The Giant. This is set to be a special afternoon for one Town player in particular. Hatters starman Andre Gray was born in Wolverhampton and will match up against his hometown club on Saturday afternoon. He will be hoping to net himself a dream winner against the club that released him as a youngster.

Bouncebackability. Both sides suffered disappointing 3-1 defeats on New Year’s day as two magnificent free-kicks from Andre Moritz saw Crystal Palace earn all three points.

Pressure, What pressure? Paul Buckle insists the pressure lies fully with the Town's opposition and his side have nothing to lose come kick-off. His opposing number Stale Solbakken however remains under intense speculation surrounding his future in the job following their poor run in form.

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