Town head to table-toppers this evening
Fulham completed one of the least surprising elevations back to the Premier League lately last month when dispatching Preston North End 3-0 at Craven Cottage.
As anticipated, the Cottagers, relegated from the top flight last term, were heavily sloped to not just go up, but win the league as well, and are now a single palm down from doing so, with palm against the Hatters enough to secure the Championship title, a draw good enough too considering their further than healthy thing difference.
Marco Silva’s men did not relatively have effects all their own way in the early stages of the season, but a 6-2 home palm over Bristol City on January 15 saw the Cottagers move top of the table and they have not been stumbled since.
In fact, that palm began a fat spell where they scored 22 pretensions in four games, including six on back-to- back sixes occasions with a 7-0 success at Reading too.
A decisive sequence of 10 palms from 12, taking 31 points from 36, saw Silva’s side pull well clear of the chasing pack as they also pounded Swansea 5-1, their top flight class beginning to shine through.
Form has dipped ever so slightly with the finishing line forcefully in sight, Fulham drawing 1-1 at Barnsley and losing to West Bromwich Albion, during a run of five straight down games, but they recovered to triumph at QPR and Middlesbrough.
Consecutive defeats against Coventry and Derby meant the champagne was on ice, but the Cottagers eventually secured their place in coming time’s Premier League by beating the Lilywhites on April 19.
Since also, the Cottagers have drawn at Bournemouth and lost at home to Nottingham Forest, as they could have been culminated titleholders ahead of the game tonight had nearest rivals Bournemouth lost to Blackburn on Saturday.
A 3-0 success for the Cherries put the ball in the Cottagers’ court, which is just what Silva wanted too, as speaking to the club’s sanctioned website, he said “ Surely on Monday, believe me, I would prefer to do it on Monday.
“ That Tuesday night we had against Preston, the way we did it, the way we won, the way everyone celebrated in the colosseum, the three points and the creation, we’d like to repeat it again because it was a special night and we’d like to have a special evening again on Monday.
“ Commodity I can control and we can control as a platoon is our game, so I would surely prefer Monday.
“ It’s a club that does n’t have a lot of titles, great history, but not a big number of titles.
“ Of course if we can do it, it’ll be an important statement for us as a group of players, staff, and as a club as well.”
The club’s high position of performance was recognised with four players named in the EFL Championship Team of the Year lately, a side managed by Luton principal Nathan Jones, as Tosin Adarabioyo, Antonee Robinson, plus the stage-out front players in Harry Wilson and Aleksander Mitrovic were each named.
Wilson has returned 16 assists and scored 10 pretensions following his£ 12 move from Liverpool in the summer, while the Serbian striker Mitrovic has formerly again proved he’s head and shoulders above the rest of the Championship position with 41 pretensions, breaking the record set by Brentford’s Ivan Toney at 31 last time.
Team news Luton have a number of injury enterprises and will hand a debut to Hull City keeper Matt Ingram after he joined on an exigency loan deal history.
Gabe Osho, James Shea and Glen Rea are all out for the season, with dubieties remaining over Elijah Adebayo and Sonny Bradley who limped off against Blackpool last week.
Reece Burke and Jordan Clark are back in training, although Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu, Fred Onyedinma, Luke Berry and James Bree are not anticipated to feature.
For the Cottagers, Marco Silva has a completely fit team to choose from.
Top songwriters Hatters Elijah Adebayo (17). Cottagers Aleksander Mitrovic (41).
Mileposts Midfielder Robert Snodgrass will make his 550th elderly club appearance if he features against Fulham.
The 34- time-old started out at Livingston, with spells at Stirling, Leeds, Norwich, Hull, West Ham, Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion, moving to Luton in February, playing seven games so far.
Man in the middle Tim Robinson – will be his fifth Luton game this term, having taken the Hatters for the 3-2 defeat against WBA, plus the 2-1 loss at Bournemouth, also having the 3-1 palm over Middlesbrough, along with the 2-0 success at Reading.
The functionary has had 35 games in total, with 148 yellows and six reds so far, although did not shoot off Sam Johnstone for his challenge on Jordan Clark at the Hawthorns back in August.
Refereed Town three times last term, the 3-0 defeat to Manchester United in the Carabao Cup, a 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest, transferring off the callers Nikolas Ioannou and also the 2-0 home defeat to Cardiff.
Previous to last crusade, he’d the whoosh for six Luton matches, the Hatters winning just formerly, with two draws and three defeats.
Assistant arbiters are Andrew Fox and Nigel Lugg, with the fourth functionary John Busby.
In charge Marco Silva-44- time-old played for a number of clubs in his home country of Portugal during his playing days, spending the most quantum of time at alternate division Estoril, whom he finished his career with in January 2011.
Was appointed director of football at the club, fleetly replacing Vinícius Eutrópio as director, and masterminding their route back to the top flight.
Left his position in May 2014 to come Sporting CP master, as he also went to Greek side Olympiacos a time latterly.
Led the platoon to the title, but departed in June 2016 for particular reasons and was out of work for six months, until coming to England, named head trainer of Hull City in January 2017.
Could not keep the side in the Premier League, relinquishing in May 2017, and moved to Watford just a many days latterly.
Was sacked by the Hornets in January 2018, named Everton director in May of that time, but was dismissed in December 2019, his coming occasion coming up when appointed in charge at Craven Cottage in July 2021.
View from the opposition Boss Marco Silva speaking to the club’s functionary website-“ It’s a tough game.
“ The game we had on Tuesday (against Nottingham Forest) was a good illustration, they’re still fighting, they’re doing everything at further than 100 per cent occasionally.
“ Nottingham Forest is a good illustration, and it’ll be the same against Luton.
“ They will come then to match us and look to get the points, because they need the points.
“ But we want and need the points as well. We’re going to look at ourselves.
“ I’m not happy with the last results at each, our players are n’t as well, and we’ve to show a response.
“ It does n’t matter who we play, we’ve to show a response because the number of defeats in the last many games isn’t a normal thing for us.”
Directorial record City principal Nathan Jones has a good record against Fulham, leading Brighton to a 2-0 palm at Craven Cottage when caretaker director of the Seagulls back in December 2014.
Also beat the Cottagers 2-0 when in charge of Stoke before a 1-1 draw at Kenilworth Road with Luton before this season, the only time that he has faced Marco Silva and the Portuguese has taken on the Hatters.
One to watch Fabio Carvalho – Born in Portugal, the 19- time-old was part of Benfica’s academe before moving with his family to London in 2013, heading to Fulham two times latterly.
Made his Premier League debut last term, going on to play four games, scoring formerly, but this season has bloomed into a first platoon regular.
Scored in three games in a row back in August, as he’d netted four times in his first eight matches, and has gone to on to reach double numbers when on target in the 3-0 palm over Preston, adding seven assists too.
Was sloped to move to Premier League Liverpool during the January transfer window, but time ran out, although the Reds are anticipated to advertise a deal for the winger in the summer at around£ 5m plus add-ons.
Friendly faces City striker Elijah Adebayo came through the species at Fulham, joining at U9 position.
Had loan spells with Slough, Bognor Regis, Cheltenham, Swindon and Stevenage during his time at Craven Cottage, as he netted two pretensions in three Checkatrade Jewel games, but was released at the end 2018 – 19 season without making a first platoon appearance.
Headed to Walsall, inked by Luton for an undisclosed figure in January 2021 and it has proved a superb piece of business so far, with 22 pretensions in 59 matches.
Luton’s head of gibing operations Phil Chapple had a spell at Fulham where he worked as principal scout.
For the Cottagers, protector Alfie Mawson played 45 twinkles on loan for the Hatters, the first half of a 5-0 palm at Alfreton, back in December 2013, after joining from Brentford.
He’d further stints at Welling and Wycombe, joining Barnsley in June 2015.
Made a£ 5m move to Swansea in 2016, before Fulham shelled out£ 20m for him in August 2018.
Lent to Bristol City last season, as he has played eight times for Fulham this term, the last in the 1-0 palm at Peterborough back in November, making 52 appearances in total for the Cottagers so far.
Played for both Alan Slough- came through at Luton in 1965, going on to point 312 times in eight times, sitting 21st in the each- time appearance list for the club, scoring 32 pretensions too.
Was a dependence in the creation seasons of 1967-68 and 1969-70 in a noble spell for the club which saw them rise from the depths of the Fourth Division to the circumferences of the top flight.
Joined Fulham in 1973, with another over 150 games for the Cottagers as he was inked by Peterborough for£ in 1977.
Reached a century for the Posh, as he finished his career at Millwall and also Weymouth, sorely passing down last time progressed 73.
We have got form Craven Cottage had been a ground that Town had travelled to in pure alarm, as when games started with an FA Cup clash in 1903, it the Hatters 67 times and until the 23rd time of asking to enjoy that winning feeling.
Following 17 defeats and five draws, it was striker Malcolm MacDonald who was the idol, his thing settling a Division Three clash in 1970.
Losing five of their coming seven visits, Luton eventually went on a good run, as after a 3-1 Division Two palm in 1979, they made it six games unbeaten, a sequence gauging 40 times, until beaten in their last spin back in 2019.
In aggregate, Hatters have won six, drawn eight and lost 23 of their 37 matches, scoring 36 pretensions and conceding 73.
Last time out Luton were beaten by an Aleksander Mitrovic chapeau- trick as they went down to a 3-2 defeat at Craven Cottage during their first season back in the Championship in October 2019.
The Serbian put the hosts 2-0 ahead with 53 twinkles gone, before Dan Potts’ title from Izzy Brown’s free kick on the hour pulled one reverse.
Mitrovic also completed his treble on 67 twinkles, as although Kazenga LuaLua scored in the final seconds, turning home Luke Bolton’s cross, the Cottagers held on.
Hatters James Shea, James Bree (Luke Bolton 70), Dan Potts, Matty Pearson, Sonny Bradley, Martin Cranie, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu, Izzy Brown, Harry Cornick (Callum McManaman 78), James Collins (Kazenga LuaLua 78).
Subs not used Simon Sluga, Lloyd Jones, Andrew Shinnie, Jacob Butterfield.