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Albion v Luton match preview

1 February 2020

Albion will aim to beat Luton Town for a second time this season when they host The Hatters at The Hawthorns on Saturday (ko 3pm).

  • Tickets are selling fast and can be bought here.

Luton Town

Their last league outing

They won a thrilling game against Derby County last time out. Wayne Rooney opened the scoring for the Rams, but Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu equalised for the hosts before they took the lead through Donervon Daniels.

Chris Martin levelled the scores once more for Derby, but a late Jayden Bogle own goal ended the Hatters' eight-match winless streak.

LUTON: Sluga; Bree, Pearson (Daniels 60), Bradley, Potts; Mpanzu, Rea, Tunnicliffe; Cornick (Berry 94), Collins, LuaLua (Brown 68).

Substitutes: McManaman, Shinnie, Moncur, Shea.

In the dugout

Graeme Jones returns to The Hawthorns having assisted Darren Moore during his reign as Baggies boss last season. 

The 49-year-old had previously coached under Roberto Martinez during spells at Swansea City, Wigan Athletic, Everton and Belgium.

After his departure from The Hawthorns in March he was named Luton Town First Team Manager following their promotion to the Sky Bet Championship under caretaker boss Mick Harford. 

One to watch

James Collins has been as consistent as ever leading the line for Luton this campaign, netting nine times in 28 matches to date.

Collins has played a pivotal role in the Hatters’ rise through the divisions as they earned successive promotions from League Two to the second tier.

Collins has four caps for the Republic of Ireland and has recorded more than 20 goals in each of the last two seasons at Kenilworth Road and in total has bagged on 54 occasions in just 121 appearances for the club.

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Our last meeting

Our most recent clash with Luton was at Kenilworth Road in August. Town led early on through Harry Cornick’s header but an inspired half-time substitution from Slaven Bilić turned the game around.

At the break Grady Diangana was introduced, making his league debut in the process and scoring twice in three minutes to put the Baggies in front, a lead they would hold on to and bring an end to Luton's 28-game home unbeaten record.

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Stats

Albion

• The Baggies are unbeaten in their last six games against Luton (P6, W4, D2, L0).

• Albion are the top scorers in the Championship with 51 goals.

• Both teams have scored in three of the last five meetings between the Throstles and The Hatters - with the Baggies winning two of those games.

Luton

 The last time The Hatters won at The Hawthorns was in 1996.

 Luton have one just once in their last nine league games (P9, W1, D1, L7).

• Jones' side have failed to score on eight occasions in the league this season.

Head to head

 

Albion wins

Draws

Luton wins

League

21

8

10

FA Cup

2

1

0

League Cup

2

0

0

Total

25

9

10

Our man to watch

Callum Robinson could make his first appearance for the Baggies on Saturday against Luton.

A versatile forward, Robinson arrived at The Hawthorns on Wednesday after making close to 20 appearances in the Premier League for Sheffield United this season.

The 24-year-old Republic of Ireland international enjoyed three successful seasons with Preston North End at this level after coming through the ranks at Aston Villa.

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Best of social

Our new man is looking forward to pulling on the blue and white stripes…

Ticket news

The game is close to a sell-out, and supporters are urged to secure their seat quickly to avoid disappointment.

Less than 600 tickets now remain in the home areas and can be purchased online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Prices:

Adults

£20-23

Seniors (over 65s)

£15-17

Under-23s

£15

Under-18s

£10

Under-11s

£5

Disabled

£10

To avoid booking fees and queue times, Baggies fans can print their e-tickets at home or save them to their mobile phone

All e-ticket purchases are exempt from online booking fees which will save supporters £1.25 on every ticket bought in this way.

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 Andy Johnson for Baggies-biased live commentary on Saturday.

Supporters who have an iFollow subscription may be able to live stream the game depending on where they are located around the world. To find out, click here.

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

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