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Luton Town v Manchester City - The Opposition

A Look at the Premier League New Boys

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Manchester City travel to new boys Luton Town as they look to end a run of four matches without a win. Three draws and a defeat has seen the blues slip to fourth place in the league, six points off leaders Arsenal, and the blues will be desperate for the three points as much as their struggling opposition.

Luton ended a wait of 31 years by securing promotion to the Premier League last season, but are hot favourites to make a quick return to the Championship. They finished third last season, beating Sunderland, then Coventry City to reach the Premier League for the first time.

Form

Luton currently sit in the relegation zone with just two wins from their first 15 matches. Their 2-1 home win over Crystal Palace in November was the first top-flight win at Kenilworth Road since a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa in April 1992.

To date, they have won just one and lost four at home this season. So far, they have been defeated by West Ham and Burnley (both 1-2), Spurs (0-1) and Arsenal (3-4). They have scored 9 goals and conceded 12 in the Premier League. Their two draws at Kenilworth Road came against Wolves and Liverpool, where both matches finished 1-1.

Danger Men

With three goals each, Carlton Morris, Elijah Adebayo and Jacob Brown are Luton’s top scorers. Morris has attempted the most shots with 24, while Brown has had 19. Adebayo has only made nine attempts at goal, however, his goal conversion rate of 33%, and a shot accuracy rating of 44%.

Adebayo’s last goal came in the defeat at home to Arsenal, while Brown last scored in the 3-1 defeat at Brentford. Morris’s last goal came in the 31st minute in Luton’s 2-1 victory at Everton at the end of September.

Spare a though for Gabriel Osho. The defender has had just one shot on goal, but scored from it, giving him a 100% shot accuracy and goal conversion rate.

Alfie Doughty has been at the heart of Luton’s creativity. He has created 27 chances for his teammates, three of which have been converted. He has attempted 381 passes, 265 of which have been converted, yet he doesn’t have the highest pass accuracy percentage.

That honour goes to Luke Berry, who has only played four matches, yet made two assists from two chances created. From Luton’s regular first teamers, Chiedozie Ogbene has the highest pass accuracy with 79%, while Tom Lockyer has attempted the most passes with 420 from 17 matches played.

The Boss

Rob Edwards was named as the new manager of Luton Town in November 2022 and guided The Hatters to promotion. To date, Edwards has presided over 49 matches, winning 19 and losing 16. This gives him a win ratio of 39%.

Last Time At Kenilworth Road

You have to go back to November 1998 to find City’s last match at Luton. That day, the blues drew 1-1 at Kenilworth Road, with Andy Morrison opening the scoring for City in the 29th minute.