Kenilworth Road is the host stadium as Luton welcome Sheffield United in what will be a crucial game at the bottom of the Premier League table. Both sides are in desperate need of three points in the fight for survival.
- Date: 10/02/24
- Kick-off time: 15:00
- Venue: Kenilworth Road
This weekend’s Premier League fixture is huge in the race to beat the drop. Sheffield United and Luton were both promoted to the top flight last season, and will be hoping to remain in the division. However, after a similarly torrid start to the campaign for each team, one is on the up and slowly climbing, whilst the other seems resigned to their fate.
Luton currently sit in 16th, having picked up five points from the last nine available, including a thumping 4-0 win over Brighton and a thrilling 4-4 draw at Newcastle. They are one point above the bottom three, but this game presents an excellent opportunity to create some breathing space between themselves and 18th-place Everton. The Blades, in contrast, must win this game to keep their very slim hopes of survival alive. Rooted to the bottom of the table, they are 10 points from safety, with some teams having a game in hand.
Rob Edwards’ side have scored 32 goals this season, with eight coming in the last two games. They have seen an increased output from Elijah Adebayo, including a hat-trick against Brighton which took his tally to nine for the season. The summer addition of Ross Barkley has also been massive, with the midfielder showing his quality throughout the campaign. They will fancy their chances of finding the net against a United side who have conceded a league-worst 59 goals.
In the last five meetings between these two sides, there have been two draws, two Luton wins and one Sheffield United win. All but one of these matches were played in the Championship, with the reverse fixture earlier this season ending in favour of Luton at Bramall Lane. The Boxing Day game saw Alfie Doughty open the scoring for the visitors, before Oli McBurnie and Anel Ahmedhodzic scored in eight second-half minutes to turn it around. However, Luton made a comeback of their own, with two own goals in the last 15 minutes securing a precious three points.