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MATCH PREVIEW: LUTON TOWN v CARLISLE UNITED

24 November 2015

All you need to know ahead of tonight's game

Luton Town v Carlisle United
Sky Bet League 2
Tuesday 24th November 2015, kick-off 7.45pm

Official live online commentary on Hatters Player

• Town unbeaten in four games
• Hatters kept three successive L2 clean sheets
• Been 270 minutes since last conceded
• Carlisle ninth, Town 10th
• United joint-leading goalscorers in L2 
• Visitors also have joint-worst defence 
• Town lost one of last nine meetings

WHO? Carlisle United, aka the Cumbrians, make the long trip down to Kenilworth Road tonight. Manager Keith Curle -who penned a new contract today - took over just over a year ago and guided United away from safety and has since made Carlisle genuine promotion contenders. They sit in ninth place in League 2, one place and one point above the Hatters. They drew 2-2 at home to Portsmouth on Saturday.

TICKETS. Fancy coming to the game? Well, tickets for the match against United are now on sale at the ticket office at category C prices, details of which can be found here

FORM GUIDE. United’s away record reads three wins, three draws and three defeats. Curle’s side also took Liverpool all the way to penalties in the League Cup at Anfield. United are the division’s joint-top goalscorers with 31 goals. However, they also have the joint-leakiest defence having conceded 32.

HAVEN’T WE MET BEFORE? Carlisle’s last win at Kenilworth Road was 43 years ago tomorrow, winning 1-0 on 25th November 1972. The Town didn’t win any of the first eight meetings between the two clubs but the Hatters have held the upper hand in more recent times. The Hatters have won 10 and lost twice of the last 16 meetings, while Carlisle have only won one of the last nine games against the Town. Last season the Town did the double over United, winning 1-0 on both occasions thanks to a goal from Mark Cullen. [Video: 1-0 away win; 1-0 at home]

TOWN TEAM NEWS. The Town will be without striker Paul Benson who serves the first game of a three-match ban following his red card at Stevenage on Saturday. Jack Marriott and Craig Mackail-Smith are vying for a start in Benson’s place. Nathan Doyle is nearing a return to fitness but it is likely the game will come too soon for the midfielder. Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu remains unavailable with an ankle injury.

REF WATCH. Lee Swabey. Devon official Lee makes his first visit to Kenilworth Road since April 2014. Lee's last game here was the Town's 3-2 home defeat to Braintree when the Hatters missed the chance to clinch the Conference title. So far this season Lee has booked 29 players and sent five off in his 29 matches. 

LIVE AND ONLINE. As ever, we’ll be reporting live from Kenilworth Road. Build-up starts at 5pm, so get on our early blog on the Wall for all the latest updates.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for photos, videos and all the behind-the-scenes action. Hatters Player subscribers will be able to listen to live commentary from just before 7.45pm with Simon Pitts in the press box. 

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!

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