All you need to know ahead of Northampton visit
Luton Town v Northampton Town
Sky Bet League 2
Saturday 12th December 2015, kick-off 3pm
Official live online commentary on Hatters Player
• Town lost last three in all competitions
• Hatters not scored since third goal v Carlisle
• Northampton joint-top of League 2
• Cobblers unbeaten in nine in all comps (W8, D1)
• Town have won last five home meetings
• Northampton only won five of 40 games at Luton
• Hatters without Doyle, Cuthbert and Guttridge
WHO? Northampton Town, aka the Cobblers, are the visitors to Kenilworth Road on Saturday. Chris Wilder’s side are currently joint-top of League 2, level on points with Oxford and Plymouth. On goal-difference they sit in third place in the division. Formed in 1897 the Cobblers play their home games at Sixfields and their nickname derives from the town's shoe-making history.
TAKEOVER COMPLETE. Northampton’s on-the-field success had contrasted their fortunes off the field with long-drawn out takeover hanging over the club for large parts of the campaign. Players and staff were not paid but, two weeks ago, the Cobblers’ future was secured when Kelvin Thomas completed his takeover of the club, paying off a HM Revenue & Customs bill.
TICKETS. Fancy coming to the game? Well, tickets for the match against the Cobblers are now on sale at the ticket office at category B prices, details of which can be found here.
BRING YOUR CHOCOLATE FOR LAMP! LAMP, the official Supporters' Charity of the Year, is helping the homeless this Christmas with their wish to give all young people a gift. And you can help make a difference so please support your official charity by donating chocolate bars, sweets or selection boxes to LAMP this Christmas. Please bring your donations to the Kenny End before Saturday’s match. For more information on LAMP visit their website at www.lamp.community.
FORM GUIDE. The Cobblers are the form team in League 2, having won six of their last seven league games, drawing the other. Their last league defeat came on 17th October at Cambridge. In all competitions, the Cobblers are on a six-match winning streak and have won eight of their last nine matches including FA Cup wins over Coventry and, last week, against Northwich Victoria.
HAVEN’T WE MET BEFORE? Absolutely. Saturday’s meeting will be the 83rd between the two clubs. The first meeting came in the United League back in 1900. A total of 228 goals have been scored across these games. The Town lead the head-to-head record with 39 wins to Northampton’s 28. 15 have ended in draws.
HOME ADVANTAGE. The Town have an excellent record on Bedfordshire soil against the Cobblers, winning 75 per cent of the meetings at Luton. The Hatters have won 10 of the last 12 meetings at Kenilworth Road, and have won the last five – including last season’s 1-0 win. Northampton have only won five time on their visits to Luton – the last came back in 2000: a 2-0 win with a certain Steve Howard on target.
TOWN TEAM NEWS. The Town welcome back striker Paul Benson after a three-match ban following his red card against Stevenage last month. However a knee injury is likely to rule out Nathan Doyle. The Hatters could also be without Scott Cuthbert and Luke Guttridge while Jack Marriott could make a return after missing last weekend’s FA Cup defeat to Peterborough. Dan Potts, Mark O’Brien and Pelly Ruddock are all out.
REF WATCH. Premier League referee Mike Jones takes charge of Saturday’s game. You can read more about that right here.
LIVE AND ONLINE. As ever, we’ll be reporting live from Kenilworth Road. Build-up starts at midday, so get on our early blog on the Wall for all the latest updates.
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Post-match, remember to check out the official website, YouTube channel and Player for reports, interviews and photographs and don’t forget to tune in from midday on Sunday for all the highlights in glorious HD!