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MATCH PREVIEW: LUTON TOWN v WYCOMBE WANDERERS

2 September 2016

All the facts ahead of our match against Wycombe Wanderers

The Town take on Wycombe Wanderers for the 22nd time this Saturday in what has been a fairly fruitful fixture for the Kenilworth Road outfit. 

The last time the two played in February earlier on this year, Luton ran out 1-0 winners as Cameron McGeehan netted the only goal of the game. 

That marked Nathan Jones’ fifth game in charge, whilst Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth was celebrating three-and-a-half years at the helm of the Chairboys.  

Ainsworth made his first competitive appearance for four years when he came on in the latter stages of Wycombe’s match against Northampton Town on Tuesday in the Checkatrade Trophy. He marked his 601st career appearance with an assist for their third goal against the Cobblers. 

Hatters boss Nathan Jones wasn't surprised by his opposite number's cameo appearance, as he described him as one of the most difficult opponents he came up against.

Jones said: "He’s still fit, I had some wonderful battles against Gareth, he was an absolute nightmare to play against." 

It has been a slow start to the league season for the Chairboys, they have five points from five games, but have only scored three goals in the process. 

This is something that Jones hopes will continue when his side entertain Wycombe at Kenilworth Road on Saturday.

He said: "Wycombe have competed at this level very well week in week out. I hope they don’t score Saturday, I don’t want Wycombe to score, we are going to set up to win the game and if they don’t score we have got half a chance of winning the game."

It hasn’t been helped by the injury crisis at the club with a reported third of the squad on the treatment table. Ainsworth tried to address the issue on transfer deadline day with the additions of Scott Kashket whose deal with Leyton Orient came to an end and the loan signing of Southampton midfielder Dominic Gape.  

Nathan Jones added winger Alex Gilliead and left-back Jack Senior, as he held on to all of his star players. 

The Hatters are second in the goalscoring charts with ten, only beaten by Grimsby who netted five against Stevenage last Saturday. 

Wycombe have played the Town 21 times before Saturday’s game, with the Hatters coming out on top nine times, drawing eight and losing only four. 

Luton have six joint top goal scorers in the fixture, with David Oldfield, Stuart Douglas, Matthew Spring, Steve Howard, Gary McSheffrey and Olly Lee all on two goals.  

Tickets for the game are available from the ticket office at Kenilworth Road up until kick-off for home supporters only. You can also purchase them online by clicking here.  
 

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