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Match Preview: Norwich City v Luton Town

5 March 2021

Norwich City host Luton Town in the Sky Bet Championship this Saturday (3pm UK), live from Carrow Road.

Our Match Preview looks at the Luton’s season so far, the referee for the game and how you can follow the match from home.

The opposition

After completing a meteoric rise from the Conference Premier (National League) to the Championship in the space of five years, Luton Town have established themselves as a competitive outfit in the second-tier this season.

After finishing 19th in the Championship last season, their first campaign at this level since 2007, the Hatters have improved even further this campaign and look set to finish comfortably in mid-table.

Head coach Nathan Jones (pictured) has built a very cohesive unit after returning to the club last year. He managed them between 2016 and 2019 in three incredibly successful years before moving to Stoke City.

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After accruing just five victories in 38 games during in his time with Stoke, Jones has enjoyed much more success in familiar surroundings at Kenilworth Road.

At the time of writing, Luton are 13th in the table with 44 points from 33 matches and have picked up back-to-back victories in their last two following a run of just one win in their previous seven league matches.

On Tuesday night, they beat Nottingham Forest 1-0 at the City Ground in what was a rare defeat for Chris Hughton and his team following his arrival as manager.

Head-to-head

In the 76 meetings between Norwich and Luton since 1920, there have been 29 Norwich wins, 28 Luton wins and 19 draws.

City and Luton have already met twice this season and it’s the Hatters who can take confidence from those matches having inflicted two defeats on the Canaries already.

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The pair met in the first round of the Carabao Cup back in September, with James Collins scoring a hat-trick in a 3-1 victory. Kieran Dowell scored the goal for City.

In December’s reverse league fixture, Luton won by the same scoreline with George Moncur, Matthew Pearson and Collins scoring the goals.

Ref watch

David Webb has been appointed to take charge of Saturday’s game, Ian Cooper and Adrian Waters his assistants and Scott Simpson the fourth official.

Webb last refereed a Norwich game back in October for the Canaries’ 2-1 win over Rotherham United.

So far this season, Webb has dished out 70 yellow cards and four red cards in his 27 games across league and cup.

How to watch

The match is available for season ticket holders to watch for free on Saturday.

Providing season ticket holders have updated their email address with the club and created an iFollow account with the same details, the match will be made available for free here on Saturday.

Non-season ticket holders can watch the match on iFollow as well, by purchasing a £10 match pass here.

By tuning into iFollow, you gain access to HD four-camera coverage, replays and BBC Radio Norfolk commentary.

The game has been selected for overseas broadcast and is therefore not available to overseas fans via iFollow.

City fans will be able to watch our matchday show NR1 LIVE, with City legends Darren Eadie and Rob Newman in the studio, on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube from 2.30pm.


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