Luton Town v Norwich City: Everything you need to know
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Norwich City could go four points clear at the top of the Championship table on Wednesday evening if they can take all three points at Luton Town.
We run down all the key points you need to know ahead of the game.
Max Aarons has shaken off the shin injury sustained against Coventry and is likely to start on Wednesday evening. It’s a bit too soon for Teemu Pukki but the Finn should be available for the home clash with Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend, which means Marco Stiepermann is once again likely to be the focal point up front this evening.
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Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke on Luton...
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“Prior to Cardiff they were unbelievably competitive and it was difficult to score against them. It was a surprise to see them concede four at Cardiff.
"Now you know they will be switched on, fighting with the knife between their teeth, in terms of the duels, because that is the reaction the head coach will ask for.
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"There will be an intensity, an aggressive opponent and we have to handle this.
“Luton at home, and in front of some supporters for a long time, will be highly motivated. I expect a lot of togetherness and spirit in their performance.
“You could argue we played without 15 players in the cup tie and we have nearly the same number out now. That was more or less our last pre-season game, if we are honest, with many young lads playing. You can’t compare.
"We know this is a difficult period in terms of injuries but to be 10 unbeaten is good for the self confidence. It is not about the table right now.
"We have a good points average and after a relegation hangover it is a great sign to start on the front foot.”
Luton Town boss Nathan Jones on whether it’s a good time to play City...
“I hope so, but I won’t know. If they have one of their players out then that’s a bonus for us, because they are a very, very good side, and a side that we are, financially, a long way away from.
“With that financial clout they can bring on international quality players and they’ve got a wonderful squad that’s been together for a while. It’s been promoted in the Premier League and then it’s dropped back down with aspirations of going up, so we know that they’re full of quality. And whoever they play, they’ll be full of quality.
“You could say it’s a good time to play them but they’re in a winning habit, they’re very difficult to beat and they can punish you, so we’ll have to be at our best to get something out of the game tomorrow.”
Talking point: More youngsters to be given a chance?
“It makes no sense to give just gifts away for our younger players,” said Farke, who has failed to name his full complement of nine available substitutes for the past two league games. “I don’t think we will be able to fill the bench for the next two weeks.
"We have to find some creative solutions. We can make five substitutions in a game so we must travel with at least that number.
“It is also some good experience but you have to take players with a chance to be on the pitch. With teenagers it will be tricky to win games on this level.
"Omobamidele and Omotoye had been out for a few days prior to playing 45 minutes for the development squad (on Friday). They are not prepared yet to make a further impact on Championship level. They are with us maybe sooner than we expected but they can get used to the processes.
"They are good lads and I am hopeful if we did need them, they could deliver. Reece (McAlear) has been with us for the past few weeks and it was no surprise he made his debut at the end of the Coventry game.”
Any other business?
The Hatters have sold 1,000 tickets after national lockdown measures were replaced by the return of a tougher tiered system, which in certain parts of the country means football fans can now return to stadiums.
Last time teams met?
A depleted Norwich City lost 3-1 at Kenilworth Road in the EFL Cup as a James Collins’ hat-trick saw the Hatters through with Kieron Dowell netting what turned out to be a consolation. City were without 15 senior players due to international involvement.
Darren England – last refereed a Norwich game when City beat Swansea at the start of November.
Can I watch the game?
The match is available for season ticket holders to watch for free on iFollow.
Non-season ticket holders can watch the match on iFollow as well, by purchasing a £10 match pass.
The game will also be shown on the Sky Sports Red Button, which provides one-camera coverage and no replays.
A tight affair, but even with an injury-ravaged squad, Norwich should just about have enough to hold off the Hatters. 2-1 to City.