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Town head to top of the table Luton Town on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as they look to continue their good run of form.

22 December 2017

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22 December 2017

Town head to top of the table Luton Town on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as they look to continue their good run of form.

The Mariners go into the clash with plenty of momentum after picking up seven points from their last three games, including showing they can compete with the top sides in the division with the goalless draw at Notts County last weekend.

It is sure to be a tough fixture, but Russell Slade's men will go into the game with plenty of belief as they look to become the first side to win at Kenilworth Road since October.

Both sides virtually at full strength

Town are virtually at full strength for the clash, and could welcome James Berrett back into the fold, with the midfielder set to travel with the squad after missing several games through injury.

Luton will be without defender Jack Stacey after he was sent off in their victory at Forest Green Rovers last weekend, which means youngster James Justin could step in. Other than that, the Hatters have few injury worries ahead of the clash.

High scoring Luton the team to beat

Luton Town have been the team to beat in League Two so far this season, which is a feat that only three sides have managed so far this campaign.

The Hatters go into the game on Saturday with a two point cushion over nearest rivals Notts County and have been by far the leading goalscorers in the division, scoring 51 but also conceding just 19, which is a recipe for success at any level of football.

Manager Nathan Jones is now coming towards his two year anniversary in charge after joining the club in January 2016 and he has improved them in each of his three seasons at the helm, finishing fourth and eventually going out of the play-offs to eventually promoted Blackpool in a thrilling tie.

He put his trust in experienced League Two campaigners in the summer and they have repaid him, with strike duo James Collins and Danny Hylton scoring 23 goals between them already this campaign.

Last Time.

Luton Town 1-2 Grimsby Town (Shaun Pearson (34), Omar Bogle (56)

Four points for Town last campaign

Town upped their game when they played Luton Town last season, and came away with four points from two games.

The last time the two sides played was in Blundell Park in February, with a late Isaac Vassell equaliser cancelling out Chris Clements' goal. Town won the reverse fixture at Kenilworth Road 2-1 thanks to a brace Omar Bogle in October 2016.

Both sides have met each other 45 times over the years, with Town winning 21 times, Luton 14 times and there being 13 draws.

Managers in summary

Russell Slade: “We probably need to find a new level to get to where Luton are, because they do it on a regular basis. couldn’t be more difficult than Saturday – Luton away – they’re runaway leaders at this moment in time, and so they should be.

''They’re free-scoring, they’ve got a system that works for them with the diamond shape that they play, they break very quickly, support the front guys very quickly, and they create an awful lot of chances. “We have progressed and we need to progress again, and we’ve got so many difficult games coming up – Luton, Mansfield, Accrington Stanley, it’s an interesting time of the season – but it’s a period we’re all looking forward to.”

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