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Luton Town will be taking on visiting opponents Derby County at Kenilworth Road Stadium in the Championship game on Saturday.
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Luton Town will want to continue from where they left off last time out with a 0-1 EFL Cup triumph against Reading.
In that game, Luton Town managed 41% possession and 14 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target. The scorer for Luton Town was Jordan Clark (24'). Reading had 6 attempts on goal with 2 on target.
Luton Town have been on a persistent run of goalscoring form, hitting the target in each and every one of their last 6 matches.
They have hit an aggregate of 10 during that time while also conceding a total of 4. That kind of pattern might not be sustained into this match, though.
Coming into this contest, Luton Town have not been beaten in their last 3 home league matches.
After a loss in their previous game against Preston North End in EFL Cup competition, Derby County and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that game, Derby County had 42% possession and 7 attempts on goal with 1 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Derby County was Jason Knight (51'). For their opponents, Preston North End got 16 attempts on goal with 6 of them on target. Tom Barkhuizen (79') and Daniel Johnson (90') scored for Preston North End.
The stats don’t lie, and Derby County have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, letting opponents get 10 goals in total. In defence, The Rams have seen their frailties exposed.
Head to head
A glance at their past head-to-head meetings dating back to 26/12/2005 shows us that Luton Town have won 2 of these and Derby County 3, with the number of drawn games being 1.
A combined sum of 13 goals were scored between them in these games, with 5 for The Hatters and 8 created by The Rams. That is an average goals per game value of 2.17.
The previous league fixture featuring these sides was Championship match day 29 on 28/01/2020 and the score finished Luton Town 3-2 Derby County.
That time, Luton Town managed 39% possession and 8 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target. Goals were scored by Pelly Ruddock (67') and Donervon Daniels (73').
Derby County had 15 shots on goal with 4 on target. Wayne Rooney (63'), Chris Martin (85') and Jayden Bogle (86' Own goal) scored.
The referee was Andy Davies.
Team News: Luton Town
Luton Town manager Nathan Jones will be grateful not to have any fitness concerns to speak of ahead of this clash thanks to a completely healthy squad to pick from.
It looks as if The Hatters could make use of the 4-3-3 system in the match with Simon Sluga, Rhys Norrington-Davies, Matty Pearson, Sonny Bradley, Martin Cranie, Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu, Glen Rea, Luke Berry, Elliot Lee, James Collins and Harry Cornick.
Team News: Derby County
Thanks to a mainly full-strength squad, there’s just the one fitness worry for the Derby County manager Phillip Cocu to be concerned with. Krystian Bielik (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) misses out for this game. Mike te Wierik cannot play in this game through suspension.
We are inclined to think that The Rams might make use of a 4-2-3-1 lineup, choosing David Marshall, Andre Wisdom, Matt Clarke, Mike Te Wierik, Craig Forsyth, Wayne Rooney, Max Bird, Jason Knight, Louie Sibley, Kamil Jozwiak and Jack David Marriott.
It seems to us that Derby County and Luton Town could well end up finding themselves level here, with both teams capable of netting.
A draw is a real possibility, as we are expecting there to be little between them. We therefore think that it’s going to be a close game with a 1-1 score draw at the end of the match.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Kenilworth Road Stadium (10,356)
Captain: Sonny Bradley
Chairman: David Wilkinson
Manager: Nathan Jones
Competitions: Championship position 6, League Cup (Second Round)