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Albion v Luton Town match preview

13 August 2018

LUTON Town will visit The Hawthorns in the first round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening (ko 8pm).

The opposition 

Luton won promotion to the third tier under manager Nathan Jones last season, finishing second behind Accrington Stanley.

But the Hatters have had a tough start to life in Sky Bet League One, losing to Portsmouth in their opening game before drawing with Sunderland on the weekend.

Over the summer they brought in the likes of Andrew Shinnie from Birmingham City, Matty Pearson from Barnsley and Sonny Bradley from Plymouth Argyle, as well as Jorge Grant on loan from Nottingham Forest.

Last time out

The most recent fixture between the teams was in January 2007.

Albion won the Championship game at The Hawthorns 3-2 thanks to an early Jason Koumas goal and a dramatic late Kevin Phillips brace.

Phillips is mobbed by his Albion teammates after snatching the late winner

Stats

Albion

  • The Baggies have never lost to Luton in a cup game (P4, W3, D1).
  • Albion are unbeaten in their last four games against the Hatters - with the last defeat coming in a Football League Division One clash back in 1996.
  • We haven’t gone out in the first round of this competition since a loss to Brentford in the 1998/99 season.

Luton

  • The Hatters won the Football League Cup back in 1988, beating Arsenal 3-2 in the final at Wembley.
  • Luton were defeated in the first round of the Carabao Cup by Ipswich Town last season, but did overcome Aston Villa in the 2016/17 campaign and Bristol City the year before that.
  • Striker Danny Hylton will be one the Baggies need to keep an eye on - he’s netted 50 goals in 91 appearances for the Bedfordshire club.

From the archive

Here are the highlights from the last game between Albion and Luton…

Head to head 

The overall head-to-head record sees Albion come out on top.

Of the 42 matches that have been played, Albion have won 23 times, there have been 9 draws and Luton have been victorious on 10 occasions.

Man in the middle

The referee for Tuesday’s game is Robert Jones, and he’ll be assisted by Andrew Fox and Graham Kane - with Ian Hussin as the fourth official.

Ticket news

Seats for the match are still on sale and can be purchased for £10 adults, seniors, under-23s & students, £5 under-18s and disabled supporters, and £3 under-11s.

Please note, these prices will increase at 12pm on the day of the game to £15 adults, seniors, under-23s & students, £10 under-18s & disabled supporters, and £5 under-11s.

Supporters can buy tickets online, in person from the East Stand ticket office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Fanzone

The Fanzone will not be open for Tuesday's clash, but will be back for the visit of QPR at the weekend.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Luton is available in our Match Centre, where you can listen to live commentary on WBA Radio or follow our live text feed.

WBA Radio is the only service that allows Baggies fans around the world - from Smethwick to the Sahara - access to uninterrupted live commentaries from every one of our competitive games. iFollow subscribers can join Gez Mulholland and Dave Bowler for Baggies-biased live commentary on Tuesday.

You’ll also be able to find score updates on the club's social media channels.

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