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Match Preview | Newcastle United vs Luton Town

3 February 2024

Match Previews

Match Preview | Newcastle United vs Luton Town

3 February 2024

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Luton Town travel to the North East as we visit St James’ Park to face Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday.

Rob Edwards’ side claimed a famous victory when we dominated Brighton & Hove Albion with a 4-0 win at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday night.

Eddie Howe’s Magpies got back to winning ways in the Premier League after four defeats in a row with an impressive victory at Aston Villa.


The opposition

Fabian Schär celebrating his first of two goals at Aston Villa with Alexander Isak.

Newcastle drifted further away from the top four during December and January, losing six of their last eight Premier League games, including one at Kenilworth Road.

The Toon Army now sits eighth in the table, but a positive win at Villa Park in midweek to back up their FA Cup victories at Fulham and local rivals Sunderland could see a turn in form for Howe’s men.

Anthony Gordon has been involved in seven goals in his last seven Premier League home games for Newcastle, scoring five and assisting two.

This is the first time Newcastle are hosting Luton in a league match since September 1992, and the Hatters’ first visit to St James’ Park since our FA Cup third round tie in January 2018.


Last time we met

Andros Townsend celebrating his goal against Newcastle United.

Luton kept their first ever Premier League clean sheet and took the three points when Newcastle visited Kenilworth Road in January.

Andros Townsend scored against his former club in the first half to secure the win against the Toon.


Last time out

Elijah Adebayo celebrating his third goal against Brighton.

Elijah Adebayo scored after 18 seconds on his way to netting his first Luton hat-trick in Tuesday night's win against Brighton.

Chieo Ogbene was also on the scoresheet as the Hatters ran out with their largest Premier League win in the club’s history.


Team news

Teden Mengi and Jacob Brown walking out at Kenilworth Road before our match against Chelsea.

Teden Mengi, Jacob Brown and Issa Kaboré will all be back available for selection at St James’ Park.

Kaboré’s Burkina Faso fell to defeat in the Africa Cup of Nations Round of 16, while Mengi and Brown have fully recovered from minor injury issues which left them out of the Brighton game.

New signing Daiki Hashioka will be travelling to Newcastle but is unlikely to feature as he settles in at his new club.

Mads Andersen, Marvelous Nakamba and Tom Lockyer remain unavailable.



Referee Thomas Bramall.

The referee for our fixture against Newcastle will be Thomas Bramall.

78 yellow cards and one red card has been handed out by Bramall across his 19 games this season.

We last had a game ran by Bramall when we beat Bolton Wanderers in the Emirates FA Cup third round replay last month.


Referee: Thomas Bramall

Assistant Referees: Matthew Wilkes & Mark Scholes

Fourth Official: Oliver Langford

VAR: Michael Salisbury

AVAR: Akil Howson




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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.

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