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MATCH PREVIEW | LUTON TOWN V PORTSMOUTH

29 January 2019

Town take on Portsmouth tonight in a top of the table clash at Kenilworth Road in Sky Bet League One.

A win for either side will put them back at the top of the pack – a win for the Town would put them five points clear, whilst a victory for Pompey would put them top by a point, but with a game in hand.

Form wise Town boast the best record at home in the EFL, undefeated in 14 outings, winning 11 times. Portsmouth on the other hand have the best away record in the third tier, losing just two of their 14 games on the road, winning nine.

Undefeated in 16 games, Town's magnificent climb up the table from 12th after ten games to top spot has seen them wipe out an 11-point gap Portsmouth had over them.

Pompey though have beaten sides across the division – including the Hatters on the opening day – and have been especially good against teams in the top six, picking up ten points from five games.

Homemade food will be available around the ground, so make sure you get your hands on some to keep warm throughout the game! In addition to this, card only tills with contactless payment will be in operation to speed up service, take advantage of these to get to the front of the line a lot faster.

Tickets for the ten year anniversary for the Hatters' Johnstone's Paint Trophy final victory have now gone on sale, which includes a Q&A with Mick Harford. Click here for more information.

MICK HARFORD SAYS:

On the impact supporters can have: "The result is most important, but we'll be aided by a full house, by a magnificent set of supporters who will 100 per cent get behind the team and that will give us a massive advantage."

On knocking Pompey off top spot: "Mentally [it will be a blow for them to be knocked off top], you have to chase a team and you have that in the back of your mind. If you lose, you go five points behind, not two. So the gap does open up then. So yes, it's hard to chase teams, we'll hopefully thrive on that. It's going to be a great evening, it will be a full house, something that the fans will embrace and definitely the players are going to embrace it and enjoy it.

"They weren't at the top of the league for such a long time for nothing, they're a good outfit. They've got a real good manager who's well organised, who knows this league inside out, they play the Kenny Jackett way and they're a hard team to break down and they've got some real good individual players, the likes of Lowe, Pitman, Hawkins and Curtis, they're a good outfit, absolutely."

On being top of the league being a boost for the players: "Being top of the league does give everyone a little spring in their step and all that and we're absolutely delighted. I've got to say we're there on merit in my opinion, in terms of the style of football we're playing and the way we've been beating teams, so hopefully it will continue."

YOU CAN WATCH MICK'S PRE-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE ON IFOLLOW FREEVIEW BY CLICKING HERE.

WHO?

The Fratton Park outfit were a Premier League side as recently as 2010, but three relegations in four years saw them stuck in the fourth tier for four seasons.

Promotion as champions on the last day of the 2016/17 campaign under Paul Cook set themselves up well for life in the third tier, before Cook left for Wigan Athletic and Jackett took over. An eighth placed finish last year followed, with Brett Pitman finishing second in the goalscoring charts in the division with 24 goals, three behind Jack Marriott.

Top of the table until Saturday when the Town overtook them, Portsmouth have been consistent throughout the campaign, averaging just over two points per game.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-off is at 7.45pm at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday 29th January.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE?

Tonight's game will be refereed by Simon Hooper, who generally oversees games in the Premier League and the Championship. In total he has taken charge of 19 games this campaign, dishing out 60 yellow cards and three red cards.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tonight's game is a sell-out – so no tickets will be available on the night! The only way to follow the game if you haven't got a ticket is on the match centre on the club website!

POWER COURT CAR PARKING

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

AWAY SUPPORTERS

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

PLAYED BEFORE?

The Hatters lost 1-0 at Fratton Park earlier on this season, which was Pompey's 34th victory against us. We've also won 34 of our matches against Portsmouth, whilst drawing 15 times.

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.

Supporters in the UK and abroad can watch the game live by purchasing a match pass.

 


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