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Match Preview | Watford (H)

31 March 2023

Match Previews

Match Preview | Watford (H)

31 March 2023

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It is derby day in Bedfordshire this weekend as Luton Town host Watford at Kenilworth Road in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon.

The Hatters will look to pick up where they left off before the international break after an unbeaten March, while Watford will look to attack the play-off places under new manager Chris Wilder.


Rob Edwards said:

(Click HERE to watch Rob’s pre-match press conference in full)

"We always have a final message. That’ll be no different, but I’m expecting that to be a little bit easier this time," said Edwards. "Our supporters have obviously been incredible since we’ve come in, at home and away, but I’m expecting this one to be a bit livelier than any other game that we’ve had so far.

"I’m expecting that when the lads warm-up, for it to be loud and pretty raucous then, so I think the lads will feel that it’s a little bit different when they’re out there, even in the warm-up. Our supporters can help with the rally call before the game anyway."


The opposition:

Watford are currently sitting in 10th place in the Sky Bet Championship and Saturday’s game will mark Wilder’s fourth game in charge of the Hornets.

The visitors responded well to their defeat at QPR with an emphatic victory over Birmingham City, before sharing the points with bottom-side Wigan Athletic going into the break.

Striker Keinan Davis, currently on loan from Aston Villa, has scored twice in his last two games and scored in the reverse fixture back in October.

João Pedro’s return from injury has come at a good time for the Hornets, they have lost just two games since his comeback at the start of February.


Last time we met at Kenilworth Road:

Luton Town took all three points in the first derby at Kenilworth Road since 2006.

James Collins came off the bench and scored a penalty with his first touch of the game as the Hatters beat the Hornets behind-closed-doors.


Ticket information:

This fixture is completely sold out. Thank you for your continued support!

For information on the closure of Oak Road, click HERE.


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.

Match passes are available for both domestic and international supporters, costing £10 each.

Simon Pitts is on iFollow Hatters commentary and audio match passes are available for every match for £2.50.


The officials:

Referee: Josh Smith

Assistant Referees: Matthew Jones and Akil Howson

Fourth Official: Lee Swabey

The man in the middle at Kenilworth Road will be Josh Smith.

He last refereed the Hatters in our 1-1 draw at Preston North End in February.

Smith has taken charge of 25 games this season – 22 of which were in the Championship – handing out 111 yellow cards and 4 red cards.

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