Luton Town Vs Newcastle United F.C. Lineups
Luton Town host Newcastle United in a match that could have major implications for the two clubs. The Hatters are looking for their first win in four and have a few injury concerns, while the Magpies have several injuries to contend with.
Kieran Trippier will likely start with Fabian Schar after his hat-trick against Aston Villa. Sven Botman may also get the nod at centre-back alongside Jamaal Lascelles.
Newcastle and Luton have both experienced a real upturn in form in recent weeks, with the Magpies smashing down the defensive barriers of Aston Villa and the Hatters romping to a 4-0 win over Brighton. The two sides meet at St James’ Park on Saturday in the Premier League, and both have cause for confidence despite their divergent league positions.
Newcastle defenders Kieran Trippier and Fabian Schar are likely to continue their partnership. The duo looked lethal at both ends of the pitch against Aston Villa, and the pair will surely provide a strong foundation for the Magpies defence.
At the other end, Lewis Miley will surely keep his place in the middle of the park, while Bruno Guimaraes, Dan Burn, and Sean Longstaff could all feature in the Newcastle side.
Luton Town have been boosted by the return to fitness of striker Ollie Palmer, who scored a goal and an assist in his first game since August. The 23-year-old’s first goal in the top flight for the Hatters since their promotion to the Premier League will give the hosts a much-needed lift ahead of their visit to St James’ Park.
Moreover, the Hatters have attempted 11 shots in this match, higher than their average in the season. The team’s attacking prowess will be a key area to watch for, and the home side’s inability to score away from home may haunt them.
A huge crowd is expected at the stadium, and it will be a cauldron of noise and passion for both teams. The Hatters are looking for a third win in four, which will see them move up to ninth in the table.
Despite an injury crisis, manager Luton Edwards will name an unchanged squad for the match. Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka is likely to continue in goal despite the absence of injured Nick Pope and Elliot Anderson. Youngsters Lewis Miley and Gabriel Osho both return to the starting line-up, while teenager Tom Lockyer is on the bench following his hospital discharge from cardiac arrest.
The Magpies climbed out of the relegation zone with victory at Aston Villa and face a Luton Town side who are also on the up after their 4-0 thrashing of Brighton in midweek. But the Hatters aren’t safe and still have to win their next six games to secure their Premier League status.
For Newcastle, Kieran Trippier will likely be rewarded for his brilliant display against Villa by keeping his place alongside Jamaal Lascelles and Fabian Schar. The centre-back has been the backbone of the Magpies’ defence this season, and he’ll continue to be crucial in their efforts to secure a top-four finish.
At the other end, Sven Botman and Dan Burn will continue to partner with each other as they do so well on the left and right sides of defence, respectively. Lewis Miley and Bruno Guimaraes will provide attacking options with the wingers, while Sean Longstaff and Miguel Almiron will support them in midfield.
There are some injury concerns for the Magpies ahead of the game, with Alexander Isak being withdrawn against Aston Villa due to a groin problem. The striker’s absence could leave Eddie Howe without a recognised striker for the first time since arriving at St James’ Park, and he may look to Elliot Anderson or Harvey Barnes as back-ups.
Similarly, goalkeeper Martin Dubravka will likely remain in the side after his excellent showing in goal against Villa. Defender Marvelous Nakamba (knee) and Mads Andersen (calf) are doubtful, and skipper Tom Lockyer remains out of action with a knee injury.
For Luton, Rob Edwards is set to stick with the same XI that put four past Brighton in midweek. Issa Kabore hopes to debut for the club after Burkina Faso suffered the Africa Cup of Nations last-16 heartache against Mali. At the same time, Teden Mengi and Albert Sambi Lokonga are both fit, and Carlton Morris and Elijah Adebayo should provide further options upfront.
Both teams will be looking to return to winning after a difficult couple of weeks. Newcastle have lost their last two home games in the Premier League, conceding three goals in each of those defeats, while Luton are in the relegation zone and struggling to reduce their goal difference.
With both sides needing a win to boost their chances of avoiding relegation, the game at Kenilworth Road should be entertaining.
Luton boss Rob Edwards is likely to keep the same starting XI that he used for the 4-0 defeat of Brighton. Issa Kabore’s knee injury should clear up in time for him to play, while Jacob Brown could also return for the Hatters. However, Teden Mengi (hamstring) and Mads Andersen (calf) are doubtful, while Marvelous Nakamba and Tom Lockyer will miss out through injury.
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe is facing an injury crisis ahead of the match, but he hopes several key players can return to the squad for this crucial game. Kieran Trippier has been affected by his Europa League exit in midweek, while Emil Krafth, Jamaal Lascelles, and Fabian Schar are also struggling with injuries.
However, Howe has a strong backup option in Sven Botman, who was given an extended run at centre-back against Aston Villa. The Dutchman’s physicality adds to Howe’s defensive options, and he is expected to start this weekend at St James’ Park.
Howe will look to Longstaff and Almiron for their creative influence in attack. While the pair have struggled for goals this season, they can create opportunities.