All you need to know and more ahead of Devon trip
Plymouth Argyle v Luton Town
Sky Bet League 2
Saturday 16th December 2015, kick-off 3pm
Live commentary on Hatters Player, DiverseFM, BBC3CR and lutontown.co.uk
• Hatters fourth; Argyle seventh
• Town looking for first away win in seven
• Argyle not won in four in League 2 (L2, D2)
• Hatters won just seven of 46 visits to Home Park
WHO? Plymouth Argyle, aka the Pilgrims, aka one of the sides also pushing for promotion from League 2 this season. Argyle, now managed by John Sheridan, have already beaten the Hatters this season when they triumphed 1-0 in a match televised by Sky Sports back in early September.
HOW THEY DOING? Not bad at all. Argyle lie in seventh place in the division, four points behind the Hatters but just a point ahead of eighth placed Stevenage, waiting to pounce in the positions outside the Play-Offs. However, the Greens will be looking for their first win in five on Saturday. Their four-match winless run has seen them lose to Newport and Oxford – the latter at Home Park – and draw 0-0 twice. Three of these four matches have been away from home, though.
HOW TO GET THERE. The journey to Home Park is the Hatters’ second longest of the season, a mere 506-mile round-trip, which should take you about four hours in the car. To get there, take the M1 south, M25 anticlockwise, M4 west and M5 south. At the end of the motorway continue onto the A38. On entering Plymouth, turn left onto the A386, towards Plymouth. When this road splits into two, keep on the left hand side (again signposted Plymouth) and after about a mile you will see the ground on your left. The ground is well signposted. If you don’t fancy driving all that way, take the Bobbers, who depart Luton train station at 8am. The fare is £33 for adults and £30 concessions.
TICKETS PLEASE. As we typed these words out onto the interweb (at 10.30am on Friday), the Luton Town ticket office sold 689 tickets, but Hatters fans can purchase tickets on the day at Home Park. However the prices to increase by £2. Tickets are available from the ticket office until 3pm if you want to save a couple of quid, and you can choose to sit in the family stand or in the main away end. The choice is yours. Click here for further information.
HOME COMFORTS. Plymouth have enjoyed a strong home record so far this season, winning eight of their 12 matches, losing just twice and conceding just five times. It will be the Hatters’ first visit to Home Park since a 1-0 defeat in the Championship in November 2006. Overall the Town’s record at Plymouth reads pretty appallingly: just seven wins from 46 visits! The Hatters’ last win in this part of Devon came in a 2-1 victory in April 2006 with Rowan Vine and Calvin Andrew on target.
CLUB COLOURS. The Town will be sporting orange shirts, navy shorts and white socks in tomorrow’s game. The only time the Hatters have worn that colour combination away from home this season was on the opening day of the season at Carlisle.
CLUB CONNECTIONS. Many-a-player has served both the Town and Argyle down the years. Dwight Marshall, Keith Allen, Milija Aleksic, Mike Harrison and Calvin Andrew to name five. Add to those current Hatters defenders Paul Connolly and Scott Griffiths.
ON THE ROAD. It’s been seven matches since the Hatters last won on the road – at Hartlepool in mid-October. The Hatters’ six-game winless streak has seen the travelling faithful celebrate just four times. However, five of those six matches have come away to teams in first, second, ninth, 10th and 11th in League 2.
MILESTONES. Jake Howells is set to make his 300th appearance for the Town - should be feature against Argyle. Mark Tyler is in line to play match number 260, whilst Stephen McNulty game 96.
REF WATCH. Keith Hill takes charge of a game involving the Town for the first time since a Valentine’s Day defeat at John Still’s former club Dagenham & Redbridge in 2009. This season the whistler has overseen 22 matches, booking 73 players and sending-off four. This season he has overseen Dagenham and Brentford’s 6-6 League Cup tie draw in August, and Bournemouth’s 8-0 win at Birmingham, so here’s hoping for that kind of scoreline on Saturday.
TOWN TEAM NEWS. The Town are waiting on a decision from QPR on the loan future of Michael Harriman for the trip to Plymouth. Alex Lawless came through 45 minutes of development squad football on Monday but the game is likely to come too soon for the midfielder. Luke Guttridge has resumed light training but Pelly Ruddock, Paul Benson and Curtley Williams are all unavailable. Luke Rooney is a slight doubt with a groin problem.
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