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Match Preview: Luton Town v Norwich City (Carabao Cup)

4 September 2020

Just six weeks on from the end of the 2019-20 season, Norwich City kick off their 2020-21 campaign with a Carabao Cup first round tie at Luton Town on Saturday (3pm KO).

Our Match Preview takes a closer look at the Hatters’ summer business and pre-season results, as well as detailing which officials will take charge of the game and how fans can follow the action live.

The opposition

After just about completing the objective of surviving in the Championship last season, Luton have brought in Jordan Clark from Accrington Stanley, Tom Lockyer from Charlton Athletic, and made James Bree’s loan from Aston Villa a permanent deal.

Rhys Norrington-Davies has also come in on loan from Sheffield United.

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Pre-season could hardly have gone better for Luton, who’ve played four, won four, scored 16 and avoided conceding any goals. However, Berkhamsted, Stevenage, Wealdstone, and Northampton have made up the opposition, all teams below Championship level.

James Collins is the danger man, having scored 14 goals in the Championship last season after making the step up from League One.


Historically, Norwich have had a relatively balanced head-to-head record with Luton. 74 meetings between the sides since 1920 have provided 29 Norwich wins, 26 Luton wins and 19 draws.

Last time out, the Canaries suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Carrow Road in the fourth round of the FA Cup in 2013. 

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City had won the three meetings prior by score lines of 3-2, 3-2 and 2-0 in the Championship between 2005 and 2007.

Ref watch

John Busby will be the man in the middle at Kenilworth Road on Saturday, with Michael Webb and Anthony Da Costa his assistants. Paul Howard is set to be the fourth official.

Last season, Busby officiated 33 games across League One, League Two, Carabao Cup and the Trophy, handing out a total of 123 yellow cards and showing five red cards.

The last time he took charge of a Norwich game was for our 1-0 Carabao Cup defeat away to Crawley Town in August 2019.

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How to follow

Carabao Cup broadcasts will only be available on an iFollow match pass basis at £10 and season ticket holders will have to purchase this match along with all other Norwich fans.

Carabao Cup streams will only be available to those based in the UK.

Canaries TV subscribers can listen to live BBC Radio Norfolk commentary from Chris Goreham by purchasing a match/monthly/yearly pass. For more information, click HERE.

We will be running regular updates on our Twitter account, including reaction after the final whistle.

There will also be a minute-by-minute live match blog on and you can also receive updates on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

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