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MATCH PREVIEW: LUTON TOWN (A)

27 August 2019

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All the info ahead of Town’s game against Luton

- Everything you need to know about Saturday’s game
- The lowdown on Graeme Jones’ newly promoted Hatters
- Tickets now sold out for the trip to Kenilworth Road

Huddersfield Town make the weekend trip to Kenilworth Road to face Luton Town in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday 31 August 2019; 3pm kick-off.

Mark Hudson will be hoping for his first win as Town’s Caretaker Head Coach when the Terriers head to the South East on Saturday following defeats to Reading and Cardiff City last week.

The hosts were promoted to the Sky Bet Championship off the back of an impressive campaign in 2018/19 that saw them crowned Sky Bet League 1 Champions with 94 points from their 46 games.

The fixture will be the first meeting between the two sides since May 2008 when a Phil Jevons goal was enough for a Town victory at Kenilworth Road on the final day of the 2007/08 League 1 season.

THE OPPOSITION

Graeme Jones’ Hatters have had a mixed start to their return to English football’s second tier after a high-scoring opening night draw with Middlesbrough.

Since then, the Bedfordshire Club have suffered defeats to Cardiff City, West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield Wednesday before a 3-1 victory over fellow promoted side Barnsley last time out.

They also beat Ipswich Town by the same score line in the Carabao Cup earlier this month and will make the trip to the Cardiff City Stadium, for the second time already this season, for their Second Round tie ahead of Saturday’s game.

It’s Jones’ first season in charge at Kenilworth Road, taking over from Caretaker Manager Mick Harford in the summer, who guided the Club to promotion last season.

Despite the change, it’s been very much the same old story for last season’s Club top scorer James Collins, who has already found the net twice this campaign.

New additions have also helped to strengthen Jones’ squad with Callum McManaman, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Brendon Galloway all making the move to Kenilworth Road on free transfers.

The Hatters were also busy in the loan market, bringing in Luke Bolton and James Bree from Manchester City and Aston Villa respectively, as well as former Town loanee Izzy Brown from Chelsea.

ONES TO WATCH

Simon Sluga

Sluga signed for Luton Town in the summer for a Club record fee from Croatian side HNK Rijeka, having spent time in the youth setups at both Juventus and Hellas Verona.

The goalkeeper has played in all five of Luton’s Championship games so far this season and was instrumental in the weekend win at Barnsley.

The 26-year-old has represented his national side Croatia at youth levels between Under-17s and Under-21s before making his senior debut in a friendly defeat to Tunisia in June.

Ryan Tunnicliffe

The midfielder is another of Luton Town’s summer acquisitions, making the move from Millwall, having spent the last two seasons in South East London.

After coming through the Academy at Manchester United, Tunnicliffe played for Fulham before his move to the Capital in 2017 and has since featured in all five of Luton’s Championship fixtures so far this season, following his latest move.

The 26-year-old has also represented England at youth level, earlier in his career.

James Collins

Collins made the switch to Kenilworth Road in 2017 after a short but successful spell at Crawley Town.

The forward has very much been the focal point of the Hatters’ attack over the last two seasons and was the Club’s top scorer in their promotion winning campaign last time out; finding the net 25 times across all competitions.

Now in his third season at Luton Town, it’s very much been normal service resumed for the Englishman who has already netted against Middlesbrough and Barnsley in the opening weeks of the new campaign.

TICKETS

Town’s allocation for Saturday’s game at Kenilworth Road is now SOLD OUT!

FAN GUIDE

If you're heading to Luton on Saturday, check out the supporters' guide!

KIT

The Terriers will be wearing their new navy away kit for the first time competitively during Saturday’s game. Click here to buy yours now!

iFollowHTAFC

Huddersfield Town fans that live outside the UK can purchase an International Match Pass for £5.

Supporters who are in the UK will be able to listen to in-game commentary from the John Smith’s Stadium if they purchase an Audio Match Pass. The audio commentary is also available to those supporters who have monthly or season iFollow HTAFC passes.

For more information please CLICK HERE!

TEAM NEWS – TOWN

Mark Hudson will reveal the latest team news in his pre-Luton press conference.

TEAM NEWS – LUTON TOWN

Former Town defender Martin Cranie is a doubt after being stretchered off against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday 20 August 2019 after.

Whilst left-back Dan Potts and winger Callum McManaman have also been unavailable with respective groin and hamstring injuries.


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