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MATCH PREVIEW | LUTON TOWN V BRADFORD CITY

27 November 2018

Town will look to make it ten Sky Bet League One games unbeaten at Kenilworth Road tonight when they welcome bottom of the table Bradford City.

Seven wins and two draws at Kenilworth Road means the Town top the table for home results in the division, three points more than any other side (23).

Unbeaten in six, winning five of those in the third tier, the Hatters are in brilliant form and are yet to lose to a side outside of the top eight – their last defeat coming in mid-October at Barnsley.

It's been a difficult campaign so far for the Bantams, but David Hopkin appears to be turning things around of late, picking up a point in a 1-1 draw at Peterborough, before winning 2-0 against Oxford United on Saturday afternoon.

That game saw them keep their first clean sheet in nearly two months, as they picked up their fourth win in 19 games.

Whilst there's five sides that have conceded more goals than them, it's scoring them that's been the problem for Bradford, having only found the net on more than one occasion in three league games so far this season.

THE GAFFER SAYS:

On Bradford: "They've picked up and they're a tough side. They've got a big squad, a real big squad and they've got some talented players in there.

"For me they are like a Plymouth, they're in a false position. They won't be there come the end of the season, come the shake up, they wont be in the position they're in now. So what we have to do is make sure our motivation levels are up and to prepare with the same application as we did against Plymouth and if we do that, then that's all we can affect."

On Bradford's squad: "A few of them have only just signed. Caddis and Karl Henry have only just signed. But the players they've got, it's a massive squad they've got. That's not always easier to cope with, but they've got the tools there to do very well at this level and we know that and we're well prepared and well drilled to face those threats."

On Bantams boss David Hopkin: "I think I might have come across him once in terms of playing. I know he has done very well up in Scotland.

"He's come down and whether he's had an eye on the league, it will take a bit of time for him to get to know the league to be fair to him. So he needs time, patience. He's looking like he's starting to turn things around. But that's not our concern, we have to prepare us and as long as we play to the best of our ability, then that's all I can affect."

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

WHO?

It's been a difficult start to their sixth season in Sky Bet League One for the Bantams, as they find themselves deep in a relegation battle as we approach the mid-stage of the campaign. With only four wins in the division this season – all of which had been by a solitary goal until saturday's 2-0 success of Oxford – David Hopkin's team need to start putting victories together, otherwise they could be set for a return to the fourth tier.

A Premier League team at the turn of the millennium, Bradford slowly filtered their way down the pyramid and into the fourth tier by 2007. They spent six seasons in League Two, winning promotion and incredibly reaching the League Cup final in 2013, beating the likes of Wigan Athletic, Arsenal and Aston Villa, the latter of which was over two legs. That set up a final against Swansea City, but a Swans side at the peak of their powers under Michael Laudrup ran out 4-0 winners at Wembley.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-off is at 7.45pm at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday 27th November.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for tonight's game are still on sale from the Ticket Office, but subject to availability, they will also be available on some cash turnstiles. If you're collecting your tickets, please arrive nice and early to avoid the queues!

MAN IN THE MIDDLE?

Tonight's match will be refereed by Antony Coggins, who has overseen 18 games this campaign, dishing out 73 yellow cards and three red cards.

POWER COURT CAR PARKING

Take advantage of the fantastic car parking deal we have on for supporters this evening, click here for more info!

AWAY SUPPORTERS

If you're a Bradford City supporter heading to Kenilworth Road for tonight's game, click here to have a look at our away supporters' guide.

PLAYED BEFORE?

The last time the Hatters faced today's visitors was back in 2009 in League Two, with the Town going 2-0 up with the goals coming from Asa Hall and Sunday Wasiu, before Bradford got it back to 2-2. Town went 3-2 up as Hall netted again – if you know the story, you don't need to read the next bit – before a somewhat controversial penalty was given against the Hatters late on and Chris Martin was sent off, with Bradford nicking a point.

FOLLOW THE ACTION

The main blow-by-blow account of the action from Kenilworth Road 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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