Luton Town are looking to end 2022 on a high when they travel to the capital to face Queens Park Rangers.
The 6pm kick-off is live on Sky Sports and presents the opportunity for Rob Edwards to secure back-to-back wins following the Boxing Day victory against Norwich City.
On QPR, Edwards said: "We’ve been able to get our eyes on them a little bit, their first couple under Neil. We know them fairly well but of course he’s going to want to put his stamp on things as well.
"Similar to us, you can’t change too much too soon. They have some very talented footballers, we, myself and Richie, have already come up against them earlier in the season, and they’re a good team. We’re going to have to be right at it again which I’m sure we will be."
Queens Park Rangers currently find themselves in seventh position, outside of the play-off places on goal difference.
Until the arrival of new boss Neil Critchley, the R's had found themselves without a win in six matches but the former Blackpool manager has overseen a steady start to his tenure, with a win and a draw in his first two matches. Jimmy Dunne scored in a 1-0 away win against Preston North End, whilst they added to their tally with a goalless draw against Cardiff City on Boxing Day.
Chris Willock and Lyndon Dykes are tied on six goals each so far this season, whilst Illias Chair - recently part of Morocco's journey to the semi-finals of the World Cup - has set-up six goals as well as scoring three himself. The number 10 came off the bench against Cardiff and could be in line to make his first start since returning.
Last time we met:
The Hatters moved back into the Championship play-off spots with a 3-1 home win over joint leaders Queens Park Rangers in October.
Elijah Adebayo gave Luton a first half lead and Cameron Jerome doubled Town's advantage in the 77th minute. An unfortunate Ethan Horvath own goal gave QPR hope in added time but that was short-lived when Luke Freeman scored against his former club to secure all three points.
The Ticket Office would like to advise that due to the number of late requests for tickets for Thursday's fixture at Queens Park Rangers, the sales period has been extended until 5pm on Wednesday 28th December.
The Ticket Office will remain closed, however tickets can be ordered online.
Any tickets ordered will need to be collected from the Ticket Office. They can be collected from 10am on Thursday 29th December when the Ticket Office opens.
Supporters travelling to QPR should be aware of the following road closures.
While some of these measures may cause inconvenience, they have been put in place for the safety of all supporters and your understanding is appreciated.
Away supporters are in the School End Upper only. This decision was made by the Club’s Safety Advisory Group.
Away coaches will pick up on Bloemfontein Road.
All Luton Town supporters will leave the away stand via Ellerslie Road (Gate 5), and will have an escort from Ellerslie Road onto Bloemfontein Road, and onto Uxbridge Road towards local stations.
Any supporters with questions or concerns regarding this fixture are advised to contact email@example.com.
How to follow:
- Text updates on the Match Centre
- Twitter and Facebook updates
- Watch LIVE on Sky Sports
For supporters who want to watch or listen to all available iFollow matches this season and have access to exclusive content, including pre-match press conferences and player interviews, subscription details can be found HERE.
Simon Pitts is on iFollow Hatters commentary and audio match passes are available for every match for £2.50.
This match will not be available on the live iFollow stream to overseas subscribers in countries where the EFL has agreed an international broadcast deal, and the local broadcaster elects to show it.
In a change for the 2022-23 season, however, if the local broadcaster elects NOT to show the match, then it WILL be available on the iFollow stream for overseas supporters in that country. Click HERE for more information.
Referee: Gavin Ward
Assistant Referees: Bhupinder Gill and Akil Howson
Fourth Official: Josh Smith
The man in the middle on Thursday evening is Gavin Ward.
He last refereed a Luton match earlier this month, officiating the 2-1 away defeat against Middlesbrough.
So far this term, Ward has taken charge of 19 matches - 16 of which in the Championship - dishing out 69 yellow cards and two reds, both of which have come in his last two fixtures.