Match Preview: Luton Town vs Oxford United

League two Luton Town host league one Oxford United on Wednesday night in the Checkatrade Trophy semi final. A Wembley final against Coventry City the prize.

Background:

Luton go into this game off the back off two draws against the top two but are undefeated in six. The promotion chasing side currently sit fifth in league two and won this competition is 2009.

Oxford United come into the match following a convincing 4-o win against Chesterfield at the weekend. The Us are in great form and have only lost one in the last five league games and currently sit ninth and are chasing a play off place. Oxford were runners up in this competition last term.

Last time the two sides met in April last year in league two. Luton eventually triumphed 3-2 away from home Oxford’s first goal came from now Luton Town Striker Danny Hylton, while former Luton loanee, Joe Pigott netted twice for the Hatters to take all three points.

Key Players:

Former Oxford striker Danny Hylton has netted nineteen times this season and is on hot form. A player Oxford’s defence will certainly be aware of.

A key player to watch is Oxford United striker Conor McAleny. The striker is on loan from Everton and scored a hat-trick in his last game. He is a player Luton must keep a close eye on.

Photo: OUFC

Predicted Lineups:

Luton Town:

  • GK – Matt Macey
  • RB- James Justin
  • CB – Scott Cuthbert
  • CB Johnny Mullins
  • LB – Jack Senior
  • CDM – Glen Rea
  • CM – Jake Grey
  • CM – Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu
  • CAM – Luke Gambin
  • ST – Danny Hylton
  • ST – Jack Marriott

A strong team selection with a few minor changes, the Hatters fielded weaker teams in the earlier rounds of the competition but as in the quarter final they will be desperate to get through to the final.

Oxford United:

  • GK – Simon Eastwood
  • RB – Edwards
  • CB – Dunkley
  • CB – Nelson
  • LB – Johnson
  • RM – Magurie
  • CM – Sercombe
  • CM – Ruffels
  • LM – Rothwell
  • ST – McAleny
  • ST – Martines Lopez

Oxford United will no doubt want to win this game, and should field the strongest team possible. Coming off the back of a 4-0 win its unlikely that they will make many changes from Saturday’s win.