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Match Preview | Birmingham City (H)

29 July 2022

Match Previews

Match Preview | Birmingham City (H)

29 July 2022

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The Sky Bet Championship is back for another season and Luton Town kick-off their campaign at home against Birmingham City!

On the back of a impressive sixth place finish last season, there is hope around Kenilworth Road that Nathan Jones' side can better what they managed last term - as they have done for the last seven successive campaigns.

The Hatters are unbeaten on the opening day in the Championship since returning in 2019, a record they intend to keep when Birmingham head to Bedfordshire.

 

The opposition:

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After a 20th place finish under Lee Bowyer last season, Blues made a managerial change during the summer and appointed former QPR Assistant Manager John Eustace as the new Head Coach.

During his playing career as a midfielder, Eustace recorded more than 400 appearances, starting with a seven-year stint at Coventry City that included loan moves to the Scottish and English top flights with Dundee United and Middlesbrough respectively.

Striker Scott Hogan was their leading goalscorer last season with 10 to his name, including a brace in the fixture at Kenilworth Road, averaging a goal every 239 minutes.

Birmingham have recruited four new faces so far this summer, with goalkeeper John Ruddy joining on a free transfer and Auston Trusty, Przemyslaw Placheta and Dion Sanderson arriving on loan.

 

Last time we met:

The less said about the head-to-head results with Birmingham last season, the better!

Nathan Jones’ side will be looking for revenge after Blues scored eight goals without reply across the two matches, including a 3-0 away defeat in February which ended an unbeaten run of five games in all competitions.

 

Ticket information:

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The Ticket Office can advise that a number of seats for tomorrow’s game have become available thanks to the buy-back process.

We would like to thank our Season Card holders for allowing other supporters to now be able to purchase tickets for the season opener against Birmingham - which you do so from 10am today either online or from the Ticket Office in person. 

Please note, you must have a previous purchase history.

 

How to follow:

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 back on iFollow Hatters commentary and he's joined by Under 18s Head Coach Alan McCormack on co-commentary duties. Audio match passes are available for every match for £2.50.

 

The officials:

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Referee: Graham Scott

Assistant Referees: Adrian Holmes and Lee Venamore

Fourth Official: Carl Brook

Graham Scott is in charge of Saturday's game against Birmingham City. 

Scott last officiated a Town fixture in the 2-2 draw versus Millwall in April this year and was in the middle for 23 matches last season - dishing out 79 yellow cards and four reds in the process.


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