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🔎 MansionBet Match Preview: Luton Town (A)

Take an in-depth look at how City match up against this weekend’s opponents Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.

🔴 OURSELVES

City head into this game off the back of a narrow 3-2 defeat to Huddersfield Town at Ashton Gate on Saturday, December 18th.

In their last trip away from home the Robins earned a point right at the death in a 2-2 draw with Hull City.

Nigel Pearson will want to see his side pick up some away form as they head into the New Year, telling Robins TV: "We need to not make the mistakes that we did against Huddersfield. We are at least starting to create a few more opportunities, so it's important we get back to winning ways. Hopefully our fans have seen some promising signs and we've got to try and make sure that the second half of the season is a positive one."

Pearson also talked about the potential return and influence of Andy King, Joe Williams' steady progress towards recovery and the recall of Ryley Towler from a successful loan spell at Grimsby Town. 

After scoring a brace on Saturday Andreas Weimann will be looking to hit double figures in the Boxing Day trip to The Hatters.

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Luton Town come into this game having not played since December 11th due to their fixture against Reading being postponed last Saturday due to a number of positive COVID-19 cases in the Royals' camp.

In the Hatters’ last outing they came from behind to take a point at home in a 1-1 draw with top of the table Fulham. Luton’s top scorer, Elijah Adebayo, netted in that match, taking his goal tally up to 10 at the halfway stage of the season.

The Bedfordshire-based side will be hoping to improve on their 12th place finish from last season as they eye up a top-six finish, currently sitting six points behind 6th place Stoke City.

📝 LUTON TOWN PROFILE

Formed: 1885
Stadium: Kenilworth Road
Nickname: The Hatters
Manager: Nathan Jones
Finish last season: 12th, Championship

Honours:

Division Two winners (Championship equivalent): 1981/82

Division Three winners (League One equivalent): 1936/37 (South), 2004/05, 2018/19

Division Four winners (League Two equivalent): 1967/68

League Cup winners: 1987/88


📍 MATCH DETAILS 

Where: Kenilworth Road
When: Sunday, December 26th (3pm)
Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Referee: Andy Davies
Assistant Referee: Andrew Fox
Assistant Referee: Michael George
Fourth Official: Adrian Waters


🆚 HEAD TO HEAD

BRISTOL CITY

Match vs the opposition: 62
Won: 22
Drew: 18
Lost: 22

The 2021/22 season so far in all competitions…

Goals scored: 28
Goals conceded: 37

Championship position: 18th (27 points)
Carabao Cup: First Round
FA Cup: Round Three (January 8th, 2022 v Fulham at Ashton Gate)

Yellow cards: 40
Red cards: 0

Top goalscorer: Andi Weimann (9)
Top assists: Andi Weimann and Chris Martin (4)

 

Luton Town

Match vs the opposition: 62
Won: 22
Drew: 18
Lost: 22

The 2021/22 season so far in all competitions…

Goals scored: 33
Goals conceded: 29

Championship position: 13th (29 points)
Carabao Cup: Second Round
FA Cup: Round Three (January 9th, 2022 v Harrogate at Kenilworth Road)

Yellow cards: 43
Red cards: 0

Top goalscorer: Elijah Adebayo (10)
Top assists: James Bree (4)


MATCH REWIND 

Result: Bristol City 3-0 Luton Town
When: 29.12.19
Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Marley Watkins headed in from a Niclas Eliasson cross in an electric start to this Sky Bet Championship fixture, before Famara Diédhiou converted a penalty just minutes before half-time.

Luton had been completely shut out while the Robins dictated every element of play and Andreas Weimann’s near-post finish tucked home City’s third goal of the afternoon.

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👀 ONE TO WATCH

ELIJAH ADEBAYO

With 10 goals in 20 appearances already this season Adebayo is having a great first full season at Luton since joining the Championship in February 2021. He scored on his first start for the club in a 1-1 draw against Millwall later that month.

The 23-year-old netted five at the back end of last season and has already doubled his tally this season with still half of the season left to play. One of his five goals last season came against the Robins as he saw his side come back from 2-0 to win 3-2 at Kenilworth Road on Matchday 44.

The striker joined Fulham at under- 9 level and was there until 2019 but failed to make an appearance for the first team as he was loaned out on several occasions. He had loan spells at Cheltenham Town, Swindon Town and Stevenage before being released by Fulham at the end of the 2018-19 season. Following his release from Fulham the forward signed for Walsall in June 2019, scoring 18 times for the club in 55 appearances.

Adebayo has scored in both of his last two matches and will be keen to make it three from three as he looks to replicate his form which saw him net against Bristol City last season. 



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