May 16, 2024

Luton Town will host Crystal Palace at Kenilworth Road on Saturday, looking to get their season back on track with a home win.

Before the match against Crystal Palace, Luton Town was sitting in 17th place in the Premier League table after just one league victory in twelve games. This season, the Hatters run a very real risk of losing.

Therefore, if Rob Edwards and his team want to remain in the top division the next season, they will need to play better.Crystal Palace, however, is currently 13th in the standings and enters this game having only won once in their previous five league games.

Both teams are struggling right now and this is likely to be an evenly matched contest. That said, Crystal Palace are the better team on paper and should pull off an impressive away when here. The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the encounter ahead of the latest meeting between the two sides.

 

Team News and Tactics

Luton Town

Due to thigh injuries, Mads Andersen, Albert Sambi Lokonga, and Reece Burke will not be playing for the home squad. Dan Potts will not play because of an ankle injury.Luton Town’s lineup is probably going to be 3-4-2-1, with Thomas Kaminski starting in goal.

Alongside Gabriel Osho and Tom Lockyer in the back three at first will be Teden Mengi.Alfie Doughty will take Issa Kabore’s place on the opposing wing at the beginning of the game. The two players’ roles will be to build up transitions and shield the central defenders.

Ross Barkley will start in middle of the park alongside Marvelous Nakamba. While Nakamba will look to break up the opposition attacks, Barkley will add creativity and drive to the side. Andros Townsend and Elijah Adebayo will start as the attacking midfielders, and they will look to drift into the wide areas as well. Finally, Carlton Morris will lead the line for Luton against Crystal Palace.

Probable Lineup (3-4-2-1): Kaminski; Mengi, Lockyer, Osho; Kabore, Barkley, Nakamba, Doughty; Townsend, Adebayo; Morris

Crystal Palace

The Eagles will be without Dean Henderson, who is a long-term absentee with a thigh injury. The Londoners are likely to shape up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Sam Johnstone in goal.

Joel Ward and Tyrick Mitchell will be deployed as the full-backs, and they will look to help out in the attack as well. Joachim Anderson will start alongside Marc Guehi at the heart of the Crytal Palace defence.

Will Hughes will start alongside Jefferson Lerma in the midfield pivot, and the two players will look to add defensive cover and drive to the side. Eberechi Eze should feature in his preferred central attacking midfield role.

The Crystal Palace talisman will look to create goalscoring opportunities with his creativity and flair. Michael Olise and Jordan Ayew will be deployed in the wings. Finally, Odsonne Edouard will lead the line for Crystal Palace.

Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Johnstone; Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Hughes, Lerma; Olise, Eze, Ayew; Edouard

Key Stats

  • Luton Town have failed to win their last six matches in the Premier League.
  • Crystal Palace are winless in four of the last six Premier League matches.
  • Luton Town have won three of their last four meetings against Crystal Palace.
  • 11 goals have been scored in the last four meetings between these two sides.
  • Luton Town have conceded 22 goals in 12 league matches this season.

Player to Watch

Eberechi Eze

 

With just eight league starts under his belt this season, the 25-year-old midfielder has two goals and an assist. Against Luton Town, he will try to leave his imprint.Eze’s technical skill, flare, and vision will assist create goal-scoring opportunities for the host squad, which may be extremely vulnerable defensively.

Luton Town will probably adopt a defensive stance and sit deep. The 25-year-old midfielder is needed by Crystal Palace to step up and penetrate the opposition’s defense. He is therefore our main player to keep an eye on this weekend.

Prediction

Luton Town 1-2 Crystal Palace

The Eagles will be desperate to pick up all three points here. They should be beating teams like these if they want to push for our respectable finish this season.

On paper, they have the better team and they have been in better form as well.

Although both teams have been quite vulnerable in recent weeks, the away fans will be expecting the players to step up and grind out a result here. A narrow 2-1 away win is on the cards.

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