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MATCH PREVIEW: LUTON TOWN V CARLISLE UNITED

21 November 2017

The Hatters will look to continue their unbeaten run in November as they take on Carlisle United this evening at Kenilworth Road, with Nathan Jones' side in second place and just two points shy off top spot in Sky Bet League Two.

The 7-0 win over Cambridge on Saturday saw the Town become the first Football League side ever to score seven goals or more in a game three times before Christmas.

The victory saw them rise two places from fourth, as well as increase their goal difference to plus-26 – second only to Manchester City in English football this season, and now 12 better than anyone else in the division.

Whilst it was a magnificent result that saw Olly Lee net a 70-yard strike which will be talked about for a long time to come, the midfielder also picked up his fifth booking of the season, meaning he will miss tonight's game through suspension.

Scott Cuthbert is sidelined having been stretchered off with a groin injury, whilst James Collins still recovers from a hamstring problem picked up at Cheltenham Town.

Carlisle are in strong form having picked up 18 points over the last ten games. They are unbeaten in their last six outings, a run that sees them sit 11th, four points off seventh.

THE GAFFER SAYS:

On replacing the suspended Olly Lee in his line-up: "I've got five that I can bring in that are absolutely chomping at the bit. The likes of Alan McCormack, Lawson D'Ath, Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu, Luke Gambin and Jordan Cook, they have all be been vying for a place.

"So if we go the same way in terms of shape then you've got four or five who are itching and really want to impress. We are going to miss Olly, but it's an opportunity for someone else to step in."

On injuries to Scott Cuthbert and Dan Potts: "We are still waiting really for everything to be sorted [regarding Cuthbert]. We've got it scanned, he just overstretched his groin. We've had to wait and see on that.

"He was on his left foot so it might have been that. But it's an unfortunate injury, it's not been a block tackle or somebody's caught him late or he has sprinted. He slipped and sort of did the splits if you like, it was more like Strictly Come Dancing, without the flexibility.

"Dan's fine. He obviously got a knock, we wanted to take precautions, but also the calibre that we have on the bench as well [there are players who can fill in comfortably], it was just precautionary really."

On Carlisle: "They're a good side and they've got good players. It'll be a very, very difficult game, we know that. We're expected a difficult game as we had two against them last season. We can't second guess them, all we can do is try and put in a performance that we feel is Luton."

WHO?

Now in League Two for the fourth consecutive season, Carlisle's 2016/17 season ended in similar heartbreak to us, as they fell at the play-off stage to Exeter City, now Hatters defender Jack Stacey doing the damage for the Grecians with a late thunderbolt of an effort.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-off is at 7:45pm on Tuesday 21st November at Kenilworth Road.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for this evening's game are still available from the Ticket Office in person, over the phone on 01582 416976, or online which you can access by clicking here.

Cash turnstiles will also be in operation for all home areas of the ground.

LAST TIME WE PLAYED?

The Hatters played away at Carlisle on a Tuesday night in Sky Bet League Two last March, with the game finishing goalless. The Hatters have met Carlisle 28 times, with the Town winning 11 of those, drawing ten and losing seven.

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.

AWAY SUPPORTERS

Carlisle fans making the journey down from Cumbria can check out our visiting supporters' guide by clicking here.

POWER COURT CAR PARK

Don't forget that if you are looking for somewhere to park tonight, there are 500 new spaces in the car park on the site of our proposed new stadium, Power Court. At the special introductory price it costs just 50p an hour, with every space that is used benefitting the club's maintenance of the site while we wait for permission on the developments. Full details can be found by clicking here.

BBC LOOK EAST:

If you missed the feature on the Hatters on BBC Look East last night, click on the link below and scroll to 17 mins 55 seconds...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09fx75l/look-east-evening-news-20112017


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