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Preview: Luton Town (A)

5 October 2018

United will be looking to continue their run of eight matches unbeaten in all competitions when they visit Luton Town on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

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5 October 2018

Stuart McCall’s side enter the match on the back of a 5-3 home victory over Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night, which took his team up to ninth place in League One and two points away from the play-off places.

The Hatters are unbeaten in four matches themselves and were 2-1 victors away at Oxford United on Tuesday night.


The Iron have no fresh injury worries, with midfielder Matthew Lund returning to contention following a one-match suspension.

On-loan striker Ike Ugbo (hamstring) is being assessed by parent club Chelsea at the moment ater coming off against Burton Albion, while James Horsfield (groin) will be given until Friday to see if he's fully recovered from the injury that ruled him out in midweek. James Perch (ear infection) should be back in contention.

Long-term absentees Matt Gilks (knee) and Rory Watson (arm) continue to miss out.


This will be the first time we’ve faced Luton in a competitive since the 2009 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final at Wembley, which United lost 3-2 after extra time, with Gary Hooper and Grant McCann scoring.

The full record is as follows…

2008-09 - Sun Apr 5 FLT Final Luton 3-2 Iron Hooper, McCann
2001-02 - Sat Feb 16 DIV 3 Luton 2-3 Iron Beagrie, Graves, Sparrow
2001-02 - Sat Oct 13 DIV 3 Iron 0-2 Luton  
1999-00 - Sat Apr 8 DIV 2 Iron 1-2 Luton Dawson
1999-00 - Mon Jan 3 DIV 2 Luton 4-1 Iron Hodges
1964-65 - Sat Apr 24 DIV 3 Iron 8-1 Luton Thomas 5, Wilson, Mahy, Bramley
1964-65 - Wed Oct 28 DIV 3 Luton 1-1 Iron Scott
1962-63 - Mon Apr 15 DIV 2 Luton 1-0 Iron  
1962-63 - Fri Apr 12 DIV 2 Iron 2-0 Luton McGuigan, Gibson
1961-62 - Sat Mar 10 DIV 2 Iron 2-0 Luton McGuigan, Kaye
1961-62 - Sat Oct 21 DIV 2 Luton 1-2 Iron Thomas, Kaye
Cup 0 0 1
League 6 2 4
Total 6 2 5


Elliot Lee is top scorer for the Hatters so far this season, with three strikes to his name.

Brother of former Town midfielder Olly and son of ex-England and Newcastle United midfielder Rob, the attacker is in his second spell at the club – this time on a permanent deal – having had a short loan spell from West Ham United in 2015.

The 23-year-old was an instant hit at Kenilworth Road, netting with his first touch away at AFC Wimbledon, before scoring twice against Wycombe Wanderers at home.

While at West Ham, the forward had loan spells with Colchester United, Southend United and Blackpool, before leaving in 2016 to join Barnsley.

Having found game time limited at Oakwell, making just six appearances, he joined the Hatters in July 2017 on a two-year deal, which was extended by a season following promotion to League One.

He netted twice on his first league start for the Hatters in the 7-0 victory over Cambridge in November later on that year and finished his first full campaign for the Hatters with 12 goals in 19 starts.


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