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Posted Friday, April 23rd 2021

MansionBet Match Preview: Luton Town (H)

City’s penultimate home game of the season sees Nigel Pearson’s men take on Luton Town in BS3.

Their aim remains to end the season as positively as possible with this being the first of the final three games of the campaign.

However, they head back to Ashton Gate with disappointment after suffering late heartbreak in midweek against Wycombe Wanderers.

Highlights: Wycombe Wanderers v Bristol City

Tyreeq Bakinson struck another goal-of-the-season contender as City led by half-time at Adams Park, but this was undone in the second half as The Chairboys battled back.

Uche Ikpeazu grabbed the equaliser before Wycombe put City under the cosh in the final embers. Ultimately, a handball against Kasey Palmer in stoppage time allowed Adebayo Akinfenwa to step up from 12 yards and he converted the penalty to score his first Championship goal and secure the home side the win.

Speaking after the game, Nigel Pearson insists there needs to be ‘shared accountability’ and believes in improved team unity in order to turn results around. He expects 100% from his squad and the next challenge comes in the form of a Luton side with high intensity and a competitive nature.

City’s form needs to change, whereas the Hatters head to BS3 in arguably better spirits. They’re unbeaten in their last three games, with back-to-back clean sheets too against promotion contenders Watford (1-0 W) and Reading (0-0 D) last time out.

Their form has helped to propel them above the Robins in the Championship table to 12th, with a game in hand over their rivals in and around the mid-table places, in what has been a campaign of improvement compared to their 2019/20 run – Nathan Jones’ side have already surpassed their 51 points tally and look to finish higher than 16th spot, ironically the position and points City have to their name as things stand.

MATCH DETAILS 

Where: Ashton Gate
When: Sunday, April 25th, 1pm KO
Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Referee: John Busby
Assistants: Mark Russell and Mark Jones
Fourth official: Jeremy Simpson

DOWN MEMORY LANE

Bristol City 3-0 Luton Town
Ashton Gate

Saturday, December 29th 2019
Sky Bet Championship

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.

It meant City would return the same scoreline back on the Hatters, after the sides met earlier in the campaign.

HEAD TO HEAD*

Bristol City v Luton Town

Played: 60
City won: 22 (37%)
Drew: 17
City lost: 21

Bristol City goals: 49
Luton goals: 45

Bristol City top goalscorer: Famara Diédhiou and Nahki Wells (10)
Luton top goalscorers: James Collins (12)

Bristol City most assists: Antoine Semenyo (7)
Luton most assists: Harry Cornick (6)

Bristol City clean sheets: 12
Luton clean sheets: 16

League positions
Bristol City: 16th (51 points)
Luton: 12th (57 points)

*All competitions unless stated

Bakinson struck another screamer on Wednesday night
But Pearson was unhappy as his side fell to defeat

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City versus Luton Town will be streamed live on Robins TV. The Matchday Show, which costs just £10, starts at 12.30pm.

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