Premier League: Burnley vs. Luton Town Match Prediction, Team News, Line-ups
Premier League: Burnley vs. Luton Town – A light Premier League football weekend kicks off on Friday night at Turf Moor with Burnley hosting fellow recently promoted team Luton Town in a cellar struggle.
This week, both teams have FA Cup misdeeds to make up for: the Hatters were forced to play a replay against Bolton Wanderers, while the Clarets were eliminated from the competition with a 1-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs were initially helpless against Vincent Kompany’s resolute backline in the FA Cup, but Burnley gave another Champions League candidate a serious run for their money.
Burnley concluded 2023 with a heroic effort against Aston Villa, albeit without any points to show for it.
It looked like a Turf Moor rematch was in the works, but Pedro Porro, a right-back for Tottenham, scored an incredible long-range goal into the top corner with 78 minutes remaining to send Burnley packing in the third round and condemn Kompany’s team to their third straight defeat.
Having presided over a humiliating 5-2 loss to Tottenham in September, Kompany understandably praised last weekend’s efforts as a “clear sign of improvement” from his players, who now just have Premier League games left to concentrate on until the conclusion of the season.
Burnley will remain in 19th place despite a reduced Premier League gameweek, given their opponents Luton are four points ahead of them and Sheffield United, who are two points behind the Clarets in the bottom half, have the weekend off.
Burnley could now tie the undesirable record of losing 10 of their first 11 home games in a single season, set by the 1970–71 Newport County crop.
Burnley has returned to losing ways at Turf Moor since the 5-0 demolition of the Blades in December, though, with back-to-back 2-0 losses to Everton and Liverpool.
Although Burnley’s FA Cup journey came to an early end and Luton will continue to compete in the elite competition, Rob Edwards’ team was clearly disappointed as they were outplayed by League One powerhouse Bolton Wanderers at home.
The Hatters had a 63% possession rate and 18 shots on goal, but they were unable to break past the tough Trotters defence.
Should they lose steam in the struggle for survival, they may very possibly face the Trotters in Championship play the following season.
Luton can escape the Premier League drop zone with a third victory from four top-tier games this weekend, starting with back-to-back victories over Sheffield United and Newcastle United before losing a thrilling five-goal thriller against Chelsea.
The replay will take place at the Toughsheet Community Stadium on Tuesday.
The Hatters and 17th-place Everton, who have played one more game than Edwards’s crop, are only one point apart.
However, Luton is still looking for their first Premier League away clean sheet and has few happy memories of previous encounters with their impending hosts.
Burnley has in fact gone seven games without a loss against Luton, defeating the Hatters 2-1 at Kenilworth Road in October.
However, it’s odd that in their last seven home games against Friday’s visitors—who haven’t been defeated at Turf Moor since 1995—they haven’t triumphed.
Burnley Premier League form:
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Burnley form (all competitions):
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Luton Town Premier League form:
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During Burnley’s FA Cup loss to Tottenham, two fresh injury concerns surfaced: Charlie Taylor left the game midway through the second half with a shoulder ailment, while Lyle Foster was taken out at halftime with an ankle issue.
Given that Foster’s shoulder injury has been characterised as “chronic” and that Taylor’s injury is expected to be minor, Kompany is hopeful that either Connor Roberts or Ameen Al-Dakhil will be available to fill in this weekend should the need arise.
The hosts will undoubtedly be without long-term absentee Luca Koleosho (knee), but Sander Berge will also be back from suspension for the crucial bottom-of-the-table match.
Hjalmar Ekdal (knee) and Jordan Beyer (thigh) may also be able to bounce back in time.
Issa Kabore, the right-back for Edwards’ Luton who did not play against Bolton, has left to play for Burkina Faso in the Africa Cup of Nations, while captain Tom Lockyer continues to recuperate from his traumatic cardiac attack.
Reece Burke (thigh), Dan Potts (thigh), and Marvellous Nakamba (knee) shouldn’t be allowed to play this weekend.
The Hatters also lost Carlton Morris to a calf injury against Bolton, though Edwards is optimistic that the striker was merely experiencing cramps.
Morris should therefore be fit for the trip to Turf Moor, but Jacob Brown and Andros Townsend should be recalled—though Brown was not included in the FA Cup roster at all.
Burnley possible starting lineup:
Trafford; Vitinho, O’Shea, Beyer, Roberts; Tresor, Berge, Brownhill, Odobert; Amdouni, Rodriguez
Luton Town possible starting lineup:
Kaminski; Osho, Mengi, Bell; Doughty, Barkley, Lokonga, Giles; Townsend, Adebayo, Brown
Our Predictions for this match 1-1 or 0-0 draw