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Posted Tuesday, September 14th 2021

🔎 MansionBet Match Preview: Luton Town (H)

Ashton Gate hosts midweek Sky Bet Championship football with Luton Town heading to BS3.

Here we take a closer look at our opponents as we gear up for Wednesday's action under the lights.

🎩 Our opponents

Luton Town are now into their third consecutive Championship campaign with Nathan Jones at the helm for a second time. The Hatters have finished higher up the Football League every season since 2015/16, winning two promotions – including a League One title - to get back to the Championship in that time.

Relegation was narrowly avoided at the end of the 2019/20 campaign before a midtable finish last term which was their highest league finish since they competed in the former top-flight Division One, of which they were relegated at the end of the 1991/92 season.

Fast forward to the present and Luton enjoyed an opening day win, beating newly-promoted Peterborough United 3-0 at home. Like City, they’ve won, lost and drawn in equal measure from the first six league games, but have won one away from home, and not forgetting a crushing 5-0 home defeat to Birmingham City.

“I'm a little bit embarrassed by the performance…we just have to make sure we learn from that and bounce back,” Jones revealed after the final whistle. They’ve drawn twice since then, with Luke Berry scoring a double on his first season start to snatch a 98th-minute equaliser in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Blackburn Rovers. Amari’i Bell was absent for the game due to a knock and so missed out on a return to face his former side.

Former Robins midfielder Joe Morrell left BS3 for Kenilworth Road in October 2020 but less than a year he would join Portsmouth in August off the back of eight other players leaving Luton at the end of their contracts, such as George Moncur, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Kazenga LuaLua.

However, Jones saw his squad bolstered with eight arrivals including Fred Onyadinma (Wycombe Wanderers) as well as free signings Bell, Reece Burke, and former City midfielder Henri Lansbury.

LUTON TOWN PROFILE

Formed: 1885
Stadium: Kenilworth Road
Nickname: The Hatters
Manager: Nathan Jones
Finish last season: 12th Sky Bet 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: Ashton Gate Stadium
When: Wednesday, September 15th, 7.45pm KO
Competition: Sky Bet Championship, Matchday 7

Referee: Jeremy Simpson
Assistant referee: Graham Kane
Assistant referee: Daniel Leach
Fourth official: Brett Huxtable


⚽️ Our last game: Match action v Preston North End

City shared the points in an entertaining goalless draw with Preston North End at Ashton Gate on Saturday.

Han-Noah Massengo went closest with a thunderous effort from distance which was only matched by a fine stop from Daniel Iversen, with the young Frenchman seeking his first goal for the club. 

Sean Maguire had hit the bar for the Lilywhites but their chances were largely limited, while the Robins pressed valiantly but to no avail in the second half. 


👀 ONE TO WATCH

Amari'i Bell

Left-back Amari'i Bell had played every minute if Championship football prior to a knock keeping his absent against his former club Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

He had scored the only goal in a Man of the Match display against Barnsley and helped earn clean sheets in the opening day win against Peterborough (3-0) and a goalless draw with Sheffield United.

Overall, it’s been an impressive start for the former Blackburn defender, who made the switch to the Hatters in June.

A teammate of Kasey Palmer with the Jamaican national side, Bell has also represented seven other sides, six of which were loan spells while he was contracted with Birmingham City.


⏮ MATCH REWIND...

Bristol City 3-0 Luton Town
29.12.2019
Championship
Ashton Gate

Marley Watkins’ first goal of the season helped City on their way to a comfortable and fully deserved lead over Luton Town at Ashton Gate, as the Robins signed off 2019 and the decade in perfect style.

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.


🆚 HEAD TO HEAD

Bristol City

Matches v the opposition: 61
Won: 22
Drew: 17
Lost: 22

The 2021/22 season so far...

Goals scored: 9
Goals conceded: 9 

Championship position: 11th* (8 points)
Carabao Cup: Round One
FA Cup: Round Three (January 2022)

Yellow cards: 12
Red cards: 0

Top goalscorer: Andi Weimann 4
Most assists: Chris Martin 2
Best average rating (Opta): Martin 7.21

Possession: 46.3%
Passing percentage: 68%
Tackle success percentage: 71.6%
Average aerial duels won: 30

*Correct ahead of-Tuesday's fixtures

Luton Town

Matches v opposition: 61
Won: 22
Drew: 17
Lost: 22

The 2021/22 season so far...

Goals scored: 10
Goals conceded: 12

Championship position: 12th* (7 points)
Carabao Cup: One
FA Cup: Round Three (January 2022)

Yellow cards: 17
Red cards: 0

Top goalscorer: Luke Berry, Harry Cornick 2
Most assists: Fred Onyedinma, Cameron Jerome 2
Best average rating (Opta): Amari'i Bell 7.22

Possession: 45.1%
Passing percentage: 66.6%
Tackle success percentage: 75.6%
Average aerial duels won: 25

*Correct ahead of-Tuesday's fixtures


🎟 TICKET NEWS

Tickets are still on sale for our home fixture versus the Hatters. Click below to secure your seat!

Match tickets - Preston North End (H)

Coverage of the Championship fixture will be provided via Robins TV to both international-based and domestic supporters. The pre-match show starts at 7.15pm.

Watch on Robins TV

⚽️ WEDNESDAY'S MASCOTS

Enjoy the game!

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