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City of Luton start their third season in a row in the championship against promoted players Peterborough United on Saturday when they finally greeted fans again on a sold out Kenilworth Road.
While the hatters finally managed to get into the first half last season Nathan Jones led them to their highest score in the second division since 1982 – Posh was finally able to escape League One after eight long years.
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After its dramatic survival at the end of the 2019-20 season, Luton Town was never in such trouble last season – with the 12th
Nathan Jones has had largely positive pre-season preparations as his squad warmed up for Saturday’s duel with four comfortable wins against lower division opponents before suffering the only loss to a strong team from Brighton last weekend.
Although the Hatters didn’t score last season, they have scored 20 goals in their five warm-up games.
Jones has grown into a seasoned striker Cameron Jerome, who revived his League One career with MK Dons last season to support Luton’s efforts in the final third and brought a total of eight new players to Kenilworth Road this summer.
The iconic little stadium will open its doors to fans on both sides for the appropriately traditional three p.m. kick-off on Saturday, and home fans will certainly be hoping for a repeat of the last meeting of these two clubs in Bury Park when Luton destroyed Peterborough with in January 2019 4-0.
While Luton rose to League One champions that year, her guests finished seventh – just one of several near misses for Posh in the years since her relegation in 2013.
Now back in the second division after finishing second at Hull City last season, Peterborough returns with a reputation for free-flowing, offensive football – no other team in the top four leagues could match theirs last season Keeping up with the goal balance – and its colorful co-owner has ambitions to climb further up the pyramid.
United Supreme Darragh MacAnthony has changed in the seven-digit signature of Joel Randall this summer, despite the fact that the former Exeter City youngster has not yet played above the level of the second division. After signing a four-year deal with Posh, Randall is the sixth million pound deal in the MacAnthony era, which was marked by the development of hopefuls in the lower leagues who will eventually be resold at great profit.
with Siriki Dembele and last season’s top scorer Jonson Clarke-Harris maybe next to the till, manager Darren Ferguson – now in his third term at the club – will certainly call for further investment as he prepares his team for life in the irreconcilable championship.
In the run-up to the re-start, events did not go as smoothly as desired, as United lost to National League club King’s Lynn Town on Tuesday in the final preparatory game that followed a 2-0 loss to Portsmouth, Ferguson will be at his eagerly anticipated season opener expect a much sharper performance.
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Nathan Jones has openly announced his focus on athletic skill at Luton and has therefore tried to recruit players who match that bill.
James Bree has already established himself as a regular at the club due to his speed and crossing skills and has competition from Dublin Peter Kioso for his place this season. The 21-year-old shone on loan spells at Bolton Wanderers and Northampton Town last season but will most likely start on the bench against Peterborough.
Jones has also strengthened his midfield as the two former Aston Villa men were re-signed in the summer Henri Lansbury and Motherwells Allan Campbell will now join Wales internationals Joe Morrellwho is back from his European Championship experience – which makes it difficult to determine who will start.
Central defender Gabriel Osho was also used in the engine room during the preseason, so it remains to be seen where Jones will play the former Rochdale loaner.
Peterborough, meanwhile, welcomed his main goal opponent Jonson Clarke-Harris mid-week after a break on the sideline with a knee injury, so that he should lead the Posh line on Saturday.
There was also a starting spot for midfielder Kyle Barker against his old side at King’s Lynn, but the 20-year-old could be crushed on Kenilworth Road as Darren Ferguson tries to accommodate new boy Joel Randall.
Scottish striker Siriki Dembele should be involved despite strong interest from several other clubs – apparently including Glasgow’s “Old Firm”, while Ferguson also received a fitness boost following a hamstring scan from midfielder Jack Taylor, suggesting he may be fit .
Luton Town possible starting line-up:
Sluga; Bree, Bradley, Osho, Potts; Campbell, Rea, Onyedinma, Morrell; Jerome, Cornick
Peterborough United possible starting line-up:
Cornell; Thompson, Kent, Beevers, Butler; Grant, Szmodics, Kanu, Taylor; Dembele, Clarke-Harris
Probability: Luton Town 2-2 Peterborough United
Given the productive preparation of Luton and the notoriously offensive nature of the guests, goals might be promised on a busy Kenilworth Road this weekend.
The hosts’ greater experience at this level should benefit them but Peterborough’s razor-sharp strikers are in demand for good reason.
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