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Match Preview | Luton Town vs Fulham

17 May 2024

Match Previews

Match Preview | Luton Town vs Fulham

17 May 2024

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Luton Town are at Kenilworth Road for the final game of the season as we host Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

Rob Edwards’ side sit three points from survival with a mountain to climb as a 12-goal swing in goal difference has condemned the Hatters to being all but relegated.

Marco Silva’s Fulham have had another solid season in the Premier League after they were promoted as champions in 2021/22.

There will be a period of applause before kick-off in memory of the late Viv Busby and the players will then take the knee to show our unity against all forms of discrimination.

 

The opposition

Andreas Pereira celebrating his goal at West Ham with his teammates.

Fulham cannot finish lower than 14th this term after accumulating 44 points going into the final day of the season.

The visitors have kept a clean sheet in their last two Premier League away games, having conceded in their previous 12 in a row on the road.

Andreas Pereira has created 84 chances in the Premier League and has provided seven goals this season, the highest assist tally of his career so far.

Fulham haven’t won their final league game since 2017 when they beat Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough in the Championship.

 

Team news

Ross Barkley clapping the Luton fans at Kenilworth Road.

Ross Barkley and Reece Burke will both be unavailable for the final game of the season.

Both players were substituted before the end of last Saturday's defeat at West Ham United and have not passed the medical tests this week.

 

Last time we met

Tom Lockyer clapping the Luton fans at Craven Cottage.

Luton were without a point after the first four games of this season following defeat at Craven Cottage.

Despite the Hatters having multiple chances to break the deadlock, substitute Carlos Vinícius fired Fulham in-front just after the hour-mark.

 

Officials

Matt Donohue looking at the VAR monitor during Bournemouth vs Brentford.

The referee for our fixture against Fulham will be Matt Donohue.

162 yellow cards and three red cards have been handed out by Donohue across his 35 games this season.

Last weekend’s fixture between AFC Bournemouth and Brentford was the first Donohue has refereed in the Premier League.

We last had a game officiated by Donohue when we defeated Wigan Athletic in an Emirates FA Cup third round replay in January 2023.

 

Referee: Matthew Donohue

Assistant Referees: Ian Hussin & Wade Smith

Fourth Official: John Busby

VAR: Peter Bankes

AVAR: Sian Massey-Ellis

 

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 Luton fan at Kenilworth Road with his thumb up to the camera.

Supporter information for this fixture has been released, including a Buy One, Get One Free offer on all drinks inside the stadium from 2:30pm until 3:30pm.

Our charity of the year NOAH will be around the ground with a bucket collection to raise funds to help those less fortunate across Luton and Central Bedfordshire. You can donate here!

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.

 

Post-match lap of appreciation

Teden Mengi clapping the Luton fans at Kenilworth Road after our win against Bournemouth.

Immediately after the final whistle, the players and staff will return to the dressing room for a short period of time to collect their families, before coming back out to show their appreciation for your support over the past ten months.

We respectfully ask all supporters to remain in your seats and remind everyone that entering the pitch is against the law.

Anyone doing so will face a stadium ban and potential criminal proceedings, and this could also impact the Club financially, as was the case following last year’s play-off semi-final against Sunderland when we were fined £32,000 for post-match pitch incursions.

Similarly, all supporters are reminded that throwing any object onto the field of play, including smoke devices and pyros, is a criminal offence and will lead to individual prosecution and Club sanctions.

Please show the players and staff the respect they so richly deserve, as well as your fellow fans, and sign off our Premier League season in style.

We’re all Luton!

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