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MATCH PREVIEW | GILLINGHAM V LUTON TOWN

23 November 2018

The Town head to the Priestfield Stadium tomorrow afternoon as they look to make it seven wins from nine Sky Bet League One games.

Gillingham are currently sat in 19th, with 18 points from 18 third tier games.
The Gills have been fairly potent in front of goal, failing to score in only five of their league games so far – netting 26 in the process.

Convincing wins over Portsmouth, Bradford and Fleetwood have been mixed in with defeats to Plymouth, Blackpool and Oxford United giving Steve Lovell's side an air of unpredictability.

Consecutive 1-0 defeats in their last two league outings saw them drop down a few places in the league, but a mid-week come-from-behind win in the Emirates FA Cup at Hartlepool has no doubt buoyed spirits.

Town's run of form has been terrific, picking up on average just under 2.4 points per game in their last eight matches, winning six of them.

Nathan Jones' side's away form has taken a turn for the better as well, taking seven from the 12 available from their last four outings.

THE GAFFER SAYS:

On the Gills' midweek trip to Hartlepool: "I have no idea how much they exerted themselves or how individual fitness levels are. All I can do is prepare my team. We're in good form and we want to continue that form. If inadvertently at 4.55pm on Saturday and Gillingham have been tired and we've benifited from that, then all well and good, but I am not preparing for them to be tired, I am preparing for them to be the best Gillingham possible and for us to go up against that."

On the threat the Tom Eaves poses: "Everyone has threats. Ladapo at the weekend was in fantastic form, Carey in real good form, Grant [as well]. We come up against these type of players week-in, week-out. It's about us, about what we do. We're in good form, we're in a good place. So we have to concentrate on ourselves. Yes, we are wary of certain threats that each and every individual and every team possesses, but we're not worried about it. We will just make sure we prepare accordingly."

YOU CAN NOW WATCH NATHAN JONES' PRE-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE ON IFOLLOW HATTERS FREEVIEW BY CLICKING HERE

WHO?

A side who have floated between the Championship and League Two for the past 20 years, the Gills are now in their sixth consecutive season in the third tier. All but one of those seasons have seen them finish in the bottom half of the table – last season they ended up in 17th. Formed in 1893 aas New Brompton FC, they were voted out of the Football League in 1938, with Ipswich Town taking their place. They did return 12 years later however when the league allowed four more clubs to join, expanding from 88 to 92.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-off is at 3pm at Priestfield Stadium on Saturday 24th November.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for this game are still available from the LTFC Ticket Office, but will also be available to buy at Gillingham – however, there is a £2 increase.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE?

Kevin Johnson will be taking charge of tomorrow's game. He has overseen 19 games this campaign, dishing out 55 yellow cards and two red cards. His most recent game that involved Luton was our 3-2 win over Scunthorpe United.

PLAYED BEFORE?

Our most recent meeting was in the Checkatrade Trophy back in August 2016, when a youthful Hatters team defeated a strong Gills team 2-1 at the Priestfield Stadium. Frankie Musonda nodded in his first professional goal for the club, before Jonathan Smith added a second. Of our 69 meetings, the Hatters have won 37, drawn 13 and lost 19.

FOLLOW THE ACTION

The main blow-by-blow account of the action from the Priestfield Stadium will be provided via the Match Centre on the club website, which you can access by clicking here. (*Please note that the club's Live Text will appear only by accessing through an internet browser, users of the Luton Town FC app will receive updates from Opta... the EFL Digital team assure us they are working on a fix to get club updates onto the app)

The main moments from the game will appear on the Hatters' social media feeds:

Twitter – @LutonTown
Facebook – www.facebook.com/LutonTown/
Instagram – www.instagram.com/ltfc_official/

And of course Simon Pitts will be on hand to provide commentary for iFollow Hatters which you can subscribe to by clicking here.


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