|Luton Town 3 v 3 Swansea City|
Saturday, 18th September 2021 Kick-off 15:00
Luton Town confident they can dispose of Swansea City this afternoon
Saturday, 18th Sep 2021 12:29 by David Cornish
The Hatters take on the Swans at Kenilworth Road extremely confident their strength, pace and commitment will win them the game. After an exciting finish to their game at Ashton Gate in the week, drawing with Bristol City, a game manager Nathan Jones insists they should have won. The majority of Luton fans seriously believe the swans will get nothing today.
Russell Martin, swans manager is now looking to bring stability to the side who have taken only one win from their opening seven games, with three draws and three losses. The loss to Preston a few weeks back highlighted the total lack of energy in the side, even though Joel Piroe scored early to put the swans one up. After that PNE quickly worked out Martin’s tactics and cruised to a home win. That’s the concern today, another capitulation due to tiredness.
It won’t be through a lack of effort, but the swans determination to dominate the ball throughout a game of football is a huge ask at Championship level. Martin has already stated “ The players are tired and we won’t know about resting players, or replacing them until the day of the game “That clearly gives Liam Walsh and Olivier Ntcham time to recover from Wednesday nights demands against Millwall. Two very key players this season. Martin indicates there is a need to freshen up in certain positions for today’s game, be that starting players who will be replaced or giving players a place in the bench who started on Wednesday.
Nathan Jones believes he has the worst injury crisis in the league, which is doubtful, he shoots from the hip at times. He has had isolation issues too from positive Covid tests. Talking this week he said “ I'm so proud of the group as they give me everything, and as a manager that’s all you want because then you’re just judged on your work.”
The referee today is a machine gun when it comes to yellow cards Tony Harrington, who refereed the Hatters twice last season in away defeats against Millwall and Queens Park Rangers. He took charge of 36 games in total last term, dishing out 97 yellows and five red cards. Expect more today then.
Cameron Jerome is still a danger man up front
Swansea City fans will travel again in large numbers for this game and will be very aware that Cardiff fan Tom Lockyer is in the Luton side, as is one Cameron Jerome. Keep those two quiet and the swans could take something from the game.
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