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Luton and West Ham Rekindle Rivalry After Decades Apart

Luton Town vs West Ham – Premier Showdown at Kenilworth Road

Glimpse Back in Time

The illustrious Kenilworth Road prepares to welcome Premier League action tonight as Luton Town lock horns with West Ham, a spectacle not witnessed since 1992. The golden days where Luton was the talk of the town before the rebranding of England’s First Division to the Premier League, a timeline that also marked West Ham’s relegation.

Rob Edwards’ Luton side, following a couple of tough defeats on the road, are eager for a resurgence as they find solace in their home turf.

Kenilworth Road’s Grand Unveiling

After intensive summer upgrades, the 118-year-old Kenilworth Road stadium is gleaming anew. The recent modifications were flaunted during the midweek Carabao Cup clash against Gillingham, concluding in Luton’s favour.

However, their next challenge is monumental. David Moyes’ West Ham, basking in the glory of triumphant battles against Brighton and Chelsea, descends upon Bedfordshire.

Match Day Details

When & Where? Luton’s clash with West Ham is chalked out for an 8pm BST kick-off, today, Friday, September 1, 2023, at Kenilworth Road.

How to Watch? For UK viewers, the live action can be caught on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. The broadcast starts from 7pm. For the tech-savvy, the Sky Go app will stream the match live for its subscribers.

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Team News: Luton Town vs West Ham

The Luton Lineup: The winning side against Gillingham witnessed several changes, but stalwarts like Carlton Morris and Tahith Chong are slated to reclaim their spots. However, the likes of Dan Potts, Jordan Clark, and Gabriel Osho are ruled out due to injuries.

The Hammers’ Squad: West Ham’s Tomas Soucek remains side-lined post a recent head injury. Whilst Konstantinos Mavropanos, the new recruit, is yet to don the claret and blue. On the brighter side, Nayef Aguerd makes a comeback post his suspension, bolstering the team, especially since they enjoyed a midweek break.

Luton vs West Ham: What’s The Verdict?

The electrifying ambience under Kenilworth Road’s floodlights is precisely the stage Luton anticipates capitalising on. But standing in their way are the Hammers, arguably one of the most resilient sides under pressure. The strategic genius, Moyes, will ensure his men neither buckle under pressure nor falter in crunch situations. Given the balance, the scales tilt slightly in West Ham’s favour.

Our call: A thrilling 2-1 victory for West Ham.

The Historic Face-Off: Luton vs West Ham

The last face-to-face combat between these two ended in Luton’s favour during the 1994 FA Cup quarter-final replay.

The Scoreboard:

  • Luton victories: 32
  • West Ham triumphs: 33
  • Draws: 25
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