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MATCH PREVIEW | SWANSEA CITY (A)

Town head to the Liberty Stadium tomorrow for a 12.30pm kick-off

26 June 2020

The Hatters will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in the Sky Bet Championship to five games when they travel to Swansea City tomorrow afternoon.

After earning a late point in a 1-1 draw with Preston North End last weekend, Town are five points adrift of safety and looking to climb off the foot of the table, whilst Saturday’s hosts are a point off the play-off places after an emphatic 3-0 win against Middlesbrough.

Manager Nathan Jones has a near-full squad at his disposal, minus only the absent Kazenga LuaLua, as he looks to win his first game since beginning his second spell at the club.

Details on how to follow the 12.30pm kick-off at the Liberty Stadium on iFollow Hatters can be found at the bottom of the page.

 

Nathan Jones said:

(Please note these quotes are taken from Nathan’s press conference on Thursday)

On Swansea City: “They are a very strong side. I played them at Stoke and we’ve played them once this season at Luton, so we know that they’re a good side.

“They had a good result last week and we know their strengths. They have certain things that they do well, but we’ve got to make sure that we’re the best version of ourselves first and if we are that, then we can compete.

“It’s going to be a very, very tough game, we know that, but I don’t think there’s anything other in the Championship than a very, very tough game, so it’s just another one of those.

“We come up against real good players week in week out. That’s the test, that’s why we wanted to get here and spent a long time getting here and it will be a good test.

"Rhian Brewster’s a wonderful player, Ayew deserves to be in a higher league. But we’ve got good players, we’ve got players that can hurt you, we’ve just got to make sure we’re the best version of ourselves.”

Relationship with Steve Cooper: “Yes, I know his dad Keith really well, and I’ve seen Steve lots.

“I spoken to him since I left my last club. He's a real, real good guy, doing well, has paid his dues with England and has a good relationship with the players there, hence the loans for Brewster and Gallagher.

“He’s doing really well. It’s a good club, good people. It’s nice to see him get his opportunity and he's taking it. I’ve known him for a long, long time and his dad for even longer.”

Who?

Swansea have been particularly successful over the last decade, notably most when they won the Football League Cup in 2013. They gained promotion into the Premier League the year prior and managed seven seasons in the top-flight, before being relegated in 2018.

When and where? 

Kick-off is 12:30pm at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday 27th June.

Man in the middle?

The referee in south Wales is Andy Woolmer, who has taken control of Hatters matches on three previous occasions this season - at home to West Brom in August, away at Reading in November and the 1-1 draw at home to Stoke at the end of February. 

Played before?

The two sides met in December at Kenilworth Road and Swansea were narrow 1-0 victors on the day courtesy of an Andre Ayew goal.

Prior to that fixture, it was over 11 years ago since the last game between the two sides and which Swansea again won 1-0. However, since the first match in 1920, Luton have the superior head-to-head record with 21 wins, while Swansea have 19 wins. There have been 11 draws of which only two have been 0-0 stalemates.  

Follow the action

All season ticket holders who opted to donate their refunds back to the club qualified to receive an iFollow code which will provide access to the remaining nine games of the 2019-20 season.

Codes have been distributed via email, however, should you run into any issues please take a moment to read the FAQ’s – available here.

If you are not a season ticket or match ticket holder but you wish to purchase a match pass to watch Saturday’s game against Swansea on iFollow Hatters, they are now available for £10 by clicking the image below.


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