Week Four – Luton vs West Ham – Sport Grill



Luton Town host West Ham in the first Premier League match to be played at Kenilworth Road.

Victory would see Luton climb out of the relegation zone, whilst West Ham can go top until Saturday afternoon with a win.

 

Team News

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Reece Burke could make his first start of the season for Luton after he resumed training this week, following his recovery from a groin injury.

Gabriel Osho (knee), Jordan Clark and Dan Potts (both knock) remain absent.

West Ham could welcome Tomas Soucek back into contention after he was substituted in their win at Brighton last weekend, due to a knock.

Nayef Aguerd returns from an one-match ban but Konstantinos Mavropanos (back) is sidelined.

 

When is Kick-Off?

Luton host West Ham at Kenilworth Road on Friday 1 September in a 8pm BST kick-off, live on Sky Sports in the UK.

 

Stat Attack

  • This is Luton’s first Premier League meeting against West Ham.
  • West Ham have won just one of their last 11 trips to Luton in all competitions (W1, D4, L6).
  • Luton have scored in eight of their last nine home matches against West Ham, only failing to do so in a 1-0 defeat in January 1992 in the Old First Division.
  • Rob Edward’s Hatters have failed to score from four shots on target in their opening two matches.
  • Jarrod Bowen has scored in each of West Ham’s two away matches this season (W1, D1).

 

Prediction

After a tame effort at Chelsea in their last league outing where they were played out of the park, Luton certainly need to reset and show more attacking fight although they did well defensively to frustrate Chelsea to just a three-goal winning margin.

Their midweek victory at home to Gillingham however underlined some defensive vulnerabilities after nearly blowing a two-goal lead, so there is still work to do if they’re to seriously fight for wins quickly because they just can’t keep conceding goals like they currently do.

West Ham meanwhile were simply clinical in their win at Brighton with an energetic attacking intensity and press with quality awareness in their forward play, whilst they defended brilliantly throughout even when Brighton looked more dominant.

Kenilworth Road however will be a tough place for any away team to visit but with the stadium hosting Premier League football for the first time, I do expect the Luton players to get a serious boost but West Ham should win this if can play like they’ve done in their last two matches.

Prediction: Luton 1-2 West Ham



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