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Match Preview | Luton Town vs Brighton & Hove Albion

30 January 2024

Match Previews

Match Preview | Luton Town vs Brighton & Hove Albion

30 January 2024

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Luton Town return to Premier League action on Tuesday night when we host Brighton & Hove Albion at Kenilworth Road.

Rob Edwards’ side reached the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday after a last-minute winner from Cauley Woodrow sealed the win at Everton.

Roberto De Zerbi’s Seagulls also advanced to the fifth round when João Pedro’s hat-trick contributed to their victory at Sheffield United.

 

The opposition

João Pedro celebrating his third goal against Sheffield United last Saturday.

Brighton currently sit in seventh place in the Premier League after an impressive Europa League group stage campaign which saw the Seagulls top their group.

After scoring in a club record 32 consecutive league games between March and December last year, Brighton have now failed to score in three of their last five.

No player has created more chances in the Premier League this season than Brighton’s Pascal Groß.

Brighton have won just one of their last eight away league matches and have conceded 17 goals across these eight games.

 

Words from Rob

Rob Edwards smiling in the dugout before our game at Everton.

“Everything about Brighton is impressive. The way they move the ball forward and how they’ve progressed at this level, from Chris Hughton to Graham Potter through to De Zerbi.

“They are well-coached and have brilliant players, the club as a whole from the outside looks a brilliant place. It’ll be a very difficult game for us, but it will be good to see how far we’ve come from the first game.

“Now we’re more aggressive, we press higher and have more of the ball. We’ve retained our threat from set pieces and on the counter-attack, so we’re a completely different unit from that first game. Plus, any game at Kenilworth Road is different and unique.”

 

Last time we met

Carlton Morris scoring our first ever Premier League goal against Brighton.

Our first ever Premier League fixture ended in defeat as Brighton took all three points at the Amex Stadium on the opening day back in August.

Carlton Morris scored our first ever top-flight goal since 1992 as Brighton ran away with it, netting four goals through Solly March, Pedro, Simon Adingra and Evan Ferguson.

 

Last time out

Cauley Woodrow celebrating his winner at Everton with his teammates.

Luton pipped Everton to an Emirates FA Cup fifth round spot in the dying seconds at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.

Reece Burke gave the Hatters the lead in the first half before Jack Harrison equalised after the break; Woodrow netted in the 96th minute to set up a fifth round tie with Manchester City next month.

 

Team news

Marvelous Nakamba, Gabe Osho and Jordan Clark at Wembley Stadium in May 2023.

Jordan Clark will be available for selection again after serving his suspension against Everton, while Gabe Osho will also be available.

Jacob Brown is recovering from a bruised knee which will rule the Scottish international out for this fixture.

Issa Kaboré is still in the Ivory Coast for Burkina Faso’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign, while Mads Andersen, Marvelous Nakamba and Tom Lockyer are also unavailable.

 

Officials

Robert Jones handing Marvelous Nakamba a yellow card at Stamford Bridge in August 2023.

The referee for our fixture against Brighton will be Robert Jones.

77 yellow cards and four red cards has been handed out by Jones across his 17 games this season.

We last had a game ran by Jones when we fell to defeat at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea in August 2023.

 

Referee: Robert Jones

Assistant Referees: Ian Hussin & Wade Smith

Fourth Official: Rebecca Welch

VAR: Peter Bankes

AVAR: Nick Greenhalgh

 

LOVE FOOTBALL. PROTECT THE GAME.

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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.

If you are offended by any discriminatory abuse of any kind at any of our games, you can report it by clicking here, or by contacting your nearest steward immediately. Alternatively, email myvoice@lutontown.co.uk or report the incident via Kick it Out's free, confidential reporting app on the App Store and Google Play.

 

Fan information

A general view of fans standing in the Kenilworth Stand.

Please read our message to all supporters attending our game with Brighton.

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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