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Match Preview – Luton vs Charlton

Last Updated: 28/09/18 10:18am

Kazenga LuaLua is in contention to feature for Luton at home to Charlton after his arrival as a free agent until the end of the season.

The winger’s potential attacking threat could be vital with striker Danny Hylton again expected to be missing with a hamstring problem.

On-loan midfielder Eunan O’Kane is a long-term absentee after suffering a fractured tibia and fibula against Bristol Rovers earlier this month. Luke Berry also remains unavailable as he continues his recovery from the broken leg and dislocated ankle he sustained in March.

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Charlton can call on Darren Pratley again following his recovery from a hamstring problem. The midfielder’s availability strengthens manager Lee Bowyer’s options with Krystian Bielik again set to miss out with a calf injury.

Bielik’s absence, alongside that of Patrick Bauer, who has torn knee ligaments, means Naby Sarr is expected to continue in central defence. Jake Forster-Caskey, who is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury, is Charlton’s longest-term absentee.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League One match between Blackpool and Luton.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League One match between Blackpool and Luton.

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Six of the last seven league contests between Luton and Charlton have ended in a 1-0 scoreline (Luton winning two, Charlton four), whilst the most recent game was drawn 1-1 back in April 1996.

Luton won 11 successive home league games against Charlton between February 1977 and November 1993, however they’ve lost each of the last two, with the last meeting in October 1995 (1-0 to Charlton).

Since Nathan Jones’ first home league match in charge in January 2016, the Hatters have won 35 home league matches – only three teams in England’s top four tiers have won more (all 36 – Arsenal, Sheffield United and Tottenham Hotspur).

Charlton’s Karlan Ahearne-Grant has been involved in seven of Charlton’s last 11 league goals (5 goals, 2 assists).

Excluding play-offs, Luton have scored 199 league goals under manager Nathan Jones – 158 of those have been scored by Englishmen (excluding own goals), including 19 of their last 20 league goals.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League One match between Charlton and Plymouth.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League One match between Charlton and Plymouth.

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