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SKY BET LEAGUE TWO MATCH PREVIEW: LUTON TOWN V CAMBRIDGE UNITED

17 November 2017

The Hatters take on Cambridge United tomorrow at Kenilworth Road as Nathan Jones' side once again aim to end Saturday afternoon top of the Sky Bet League Two table.

The Town found themselves set for a return to the summit of the division after Elliot Lee fired home from close range against Cheltenham Town last Saturday, but the Robins' late equaliser saw the Hatters slip down to fourth.

Cambridge picked up a good point at home last weekend as they drew 0-0 with second placed Accrington Stanley, which leaves Shaun Derry's side 12th after 17 games.

Tomorrow will be the first time Hatters midfielder Luke Berry has faced his former side since he departed the Cambs Glass Stadium in the summer for Kenilworth Road, having scored over 60 times for the U's over two spells.

Tomorrow there will be collections around the ground for the players' charity of the season, Families United Network, please give what you can. You can donate by clicking here.

THE GAFFER SAYS:

On Berry facing his former side and the reception Jones expects him to receive: "He's been the top scorer in pretty much two seasons, definitely the top scorer last year. So he's done fantastically well for them. I'm sure deep down they'll appreciate what he's done for them. They're not going to support him or maybe give him quite the ovation he deserves, but that's part and parcel."

On the balance in the Town midfield with Olly Lee, Glen Rea and Luke Berry: "There's good balance. Rea's a real secure one defensively and is improving as a footballer.

"Olly Lee is a wonderful footballer and improving defensively, and he can unlock a door and has fine, fine quality. Bezza is a little bit more complete in terms of he can do a little bit of everything and will get you goals. So we are delighted by the depth we have there in terms of Gambin, Lawson D'Ath, Andrew Shinnie, Macca, Pelly-Ruddock.

"There's a host we have to choose from and they have to play well. It's the driving force really. It's not just me driving them on, it's their own competition within the squad. It's good for a manager to have that."

On results last weekend meaning the Town are only two points off the top of the table: "What it meant was it wasn't too damaging. As I keep saying, we can't look at other people, what we have to do is concentrate on our form.

"If everybody else had lost and we had gone top I would have still been disappointed because it was an opportunity for us. We want to achieve something and it's two points dropped. I have listened to interviews from them and fair play, they kept going and that's what Gary Johnson's sides do. They've got a real big heart.

"But I genuinely believe from watching the game on Sunday afternoon that we deserved to win the game. We had enough of the game, enough of the chances. After scoring on 86 minutes you'd expect us to win the game. We are disappointed with the opportunity missed, but that's a league season."

WHO?

Now in their fourth season back in the fourth tier following on from their promotion back to the EFL in 2014, the U's came fairly close to finishing in a play-off place last season, only to miss out on the final day of the season. Under Shaun Derry since November 2015, the U's have been in strong defensive form this season, having only conceded 16 goals in 17 league outings, but have only scored 16 so far. They will be without seven-goal leading scorer Uche Ikpeazu through suspension tomorrow.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-off is at 3pm on Saturday 18th November at Kenilworth Road.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for this category A clash are still available from the Ticket Office on 01582 416976, in person and online which you can access by clicking here.

LAST TIME WE PLAYED?

The Hatters last played Cambridge here at Kenilworth Road in January, as goals from Isaac Vassell and Jordan Cook ensured a 2-0 win for the Town. That result completed the double over the U's for the season, as Nathan Jones' team also enjoyed a 3-0 victory at the Cambs Glass Stadium in August 2016.

Tomorrow's match marks the 40th meeting between the two, with Town winning 15 of those, drawing 15 and losing nine.

FOLLOW THE ACTION

You can follow the Hatters' Twitter feed on @LutonTown, or stay up to date on the LTFC website in the match centre. iFollow Hatters subscribers can tune in for Simon Pitts' match commentary, whilst international subscribers can watch the game live.


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