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Match Preview | Luton Town vs Chelsea

29 December 2023

Match Previews

Match Preview | Luton Town vs Chelsea

29 December 2023

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Luton Town are back on home soil for the final time in 2023 as we host Chelsea at Kenilworth Road in the Premier League, live on TNT Sports in the UK.

Rob Edwards’ side secured back-to-back wins against Newcastle United and Sheffield United in the last week, achieving this feat for the first time in the Premier League.

Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea have had an inconsistent season so far, the Blues have only secured back-to-back league wins once so far this term.


The opposition

Noni Madueke celebrating his winner against Crystal Palace with his teammates.

Pochettino arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer and secured his first Chelsea win against the Hatters in the reverse fixture back in August.

The Chelsea boss has taken charge of more away games against promoted teams in the Premier League without losing than any other manager, with 18 of those 20 games ending in victories for his side.

The Blues currently sit 10th in the Premier League at the half-way point of the season, two positions higher than where they finished last season.

Chelsea have lost each of their last four Premier League away games, their longest losing run on the road since a run of five between October and December 2000.


Last meeting

Carlton Morris chasing an Enzo Fernandez pass.

Luton fell to a disappointing defeat at Stamford Bridge in just their second Premier League game in August.

A Raheem Sterling brace and Nicolas Jackson’s first Chelsea goal secured the first three points of the campaign for the hosts.


Last time out

Alfie Doughty celebrating his first Premier League goal.

The Hatters made it two wins from two after coming from behind to beat fellow promoted club Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Boxing Day.

Alfie Doughty put the visitors in-front before Oli McBurnie and Anel Ahmedhodžić gave the Blades the lead; own goals from Jack Robinson and Anis Slimane created by substitute Carlton Morris completed the comeback to give Luton all three points.


Team news

Issa Kaboré playing against Newcastle United last Saturday.

Edwards has confirmed that Issa Kaboré will be available for selection again after missing out in the comeback win at Sheffield United on Boxing Day.

Zimbabwe international Marvelous Nakamba will be out of action for a significant amount of time after a successful operation on his meniscus earlier this week.

Jordan Clark is back in the squad after suffering from illness, while Reece Burke could return early into the new year.



Paul Tierney refereeing at Kenilworth Road.

The referee for our fixture against Chelsea will be Paul Tierney.

49 yellow cards and three red cards have been handed out by Tierney across his 13 games this season.

We last had a game ran by Tierney when we played at Kenilworth Road in the Premier League for the first time against West Ham in September.


Referee: Paul Tierney

Assistant Referees: Scott Ledger & Harry Lennard

Fourth Official: Craig Pawson

VAR: Jarred Gillett

AVAR: Adam Nunn




Luton Town Football Club has committed in its customer charter to providing safe match-day experiences for all supporters regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation, and this applies equally to home and away fixtures.

In the event that any Luton supporters do make discriminatory chants, the Club will work with the police and football authorities to help identify such individuals. Any such fans would then face the strictest club sanctions, including football banning orders that would prevent them attending any matches, in addition to any criminal charges.

The Club can also be held responsible for the behaviour of its supporters, which could lead to substantial fines being imposed.

As a diverse and inclusive football club, we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our fellow Premier League clubs in supporting the FA’s ‘Love Football. Protect the Game’ campaign and call on all fans to enjoy the game in a positive spirit.

Please email if you have any concerns and to report incidents at a Luton Town fixture. You can also report incidents via Kick it Out's free, confidential reporting app on the App Store and Google Play.


Fan information

A young girl celebrating our win against Newcastle United.

Please read our message to all supporters attending our game with Chelsea on Saturday.

We would like to remind supporters to arrive at the game as early as possible to ease congestion around the stadium, at the Ticket Office and the turnstiles.

There will be additional road closures around Kenilworth Road on home matchdays.

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