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MATCH PREVIEW | LUTON TOWN V AFC WIMBLEDON

23 April 2019

The Hatters will look to take a huge step towards automatic promotion from Sky Bet League One this evening as they welcome AFC Wimbledon to Kenilworth Road.

A reminder to supporters who haven't managed to get their hands on a ticket for this evening's game, that a match pass via iFollow Hatters to watch the game live online is available for £10!

Bouncing back from their first defeat in 29 at Charlton, the Hatters saw off Accrington Stanley on Saturday with a comfortable 3-0 win, moving them up to 90 points with three games to play.

As it stands, five points from the remaining three games would be enough to simultaneously confirm promotion and the League One title for Mick Harford's side.

The Dons currently sit on half the points tally of the Town, two points from safety in 22nd spot. Their form since mid-February has been fantastic, averaging just short of two points-per-game from their last 12, which is in stark contrast to their form at the beginning of the campaign, when they took 11 points from their opening 18 fixtures.

Their form against the teams around them has played a massive part in their turnaround, but they have struggled against the current top five in the division, picking up a solitary point from their nine outings.

MICK HARFORD SAYS:

On Elliot Lee and Alan Sheehan going off injured on Saturday: "We hope so [that they will be fit for Tuesday], they're durable boys. We will be in tomorrow (Sunday), we will have a look at them and assess them.

"We will get back late tonight [Saturday night]. The importance of getting ready and preparing for Tuesday night is massive. All the players will be in tomorrow morning so we can have a look and see where we are. Hopefully we can get them back on the field."

On the success Wally Downes has had at Wimbledon: "Wally has turned them around a little bit. They've had some good results and they could make it very difficult for us. It's going to be a Tuesday night under the lights which will be special and hopefully we can get the right result."

On Danny Hylton having knee surgery: "Danny will be out for the season. Danny has had a little bit of cartilage taken out, so it's very unlikely that he will be fit and ready for the end of the season. He is a massive part of our plans, Danny Hylton, he is a goalscoring centre-forward and when you lose that, it's very, very difficult. He is a big part of the squad and he is a big miss at the moment."

On Marek Stech making his first start for nearly eight months: "Marek has played the last two or three development games at the training ground behind closed doors and he has done very well.

"He has made some great saves and he has been an absolute rock for some of the younger players and a great example for some of the younger players. He didn't have a lot to do [against Accrington], but what he did have to, he looked clean and clinical and overall I thought he was excellent."

WHO?

You cannot write them off. Seemingly dead and buried by mid-February, Wally Downes has overseen an incredible turnaround. A home defeat to Burton Albion on 9th February left the Dons ten points off safety with 15 games to go, but having won six out of their following 12 games, this evening's visitors are just two points off safety, with a number of teams around them having played a game more.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-off is at 7.45pm at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday 23rd April.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE?

Ben Toner will be in charge of proceedings this evening. Having overseen 35 games this campaign, he has dished out 109 yellow cards and six red cards.

TICKET INFORMATION

This game has completely sold-out in home sections.

POWER COURT CAR PARKING

Parking at Power Court this evening will be available with a permit, which you can download by clicking this link!

AWAY SUPPORTERS

If you're an AFC Wimbledon supporter heading to Kenilworth Road for Saturday's game, click here to have a look at our away supporters' guide.

PLAYED BEFORE?

Our last meeting was at Kingsmeadow back in October, when Elliot Lee and Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu grabbed the goals in a 2-0 win. In total, we have faced each other 26 times, winning eight, drawing seven and losing on 11 occasions.

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 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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