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Opposition Report: Luton Town

Blues will look to bounce back after defeat on the South Coast last Saturday.

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A closer look at this afternoon's visitors to St. Andrew's...

FORM GUIDE:

The Hatters come into this afternoon's St. Andrew's showdown having drawn 1-1 at home to Huddersfield Town last Saturday. Home form has been steady over the past few weeks - they've picked up 12 points from 21 at Kenilworth Road.

But away from home, they've not been as good. They've scored just seven goals on the road over the course of this campaign, winning four, drawing two and losing on eight occasions. 

In more recent weeks, Luton have lost three, drawn once and won once in their last five Sky Bet Championship fixtures. Their last win came away at Blues' most recent opponents Bournemouth, where the Hatters won 1-0 on the South Coast in mid-January. 

IN THE DUGOUT:

Nathan Jones is no stranger at Kenilworth Road and rejoined the club in May 2020 after initially leaving 16 months before that to lead Stoke City. 

The Welshman also had a short spell at Luton Town as a player in the mid 1990's but rejoins having already led his side to relative safety at this stage of the campaign - the Hatters are six points clear of the relegation zone at the time of writing. 

At the tail end of last season, Jones oversaw somewhat of a great escape, leading the Hatters to safety as they won four and drew four of their last nine league games to stay up. 

ONE TO WATCH:

A couple of options here but with 10 goals under his belt this season, James Collins is certainly a Hatter to keep an eye on this Saturday.

The former Aston Villa trainee has scored two hat-tricks as well - one in the League Cup against Norwich and the other in a 3-0 demolition of Preston North End.

Collins' goals alone have provided Luton with 10 points this season and his strike against Huddersfield ensured the points were shared last Saturday. 

LAST TIME OUT:

The spoils were shared in our meeting at Kenilworth Road earlier this season.

Lukas Jutkiewicz opened the scoring from the spot with the 100th league goal of his professional career, before Matt Pearson turned home from a corner before half-time.

Blues had an excellent chance to win it late on through Ivan Sunjic, who saw his shot saved by fellow Croatian Simon Sluga. 

PREVIOUS KNOCKINGS:

Blues enjoy a far superior record against Luton over the years - so much in-fact, Luton won just one of the first 16 meetings between the two sides. 

The first game dates back to 1998 when a Small Heath side overcame the Hatters 4-2 in the old Second Division. 

The teams met just once in the 60's, that game ending in a 1-1 draw before meeting's became far more regular. 

In all, Blues have beaten Luton on 30 occasions, with today's visitors winning 12, with 20 draws as well. 

DID YOU KNOW? 

Birmingham's nickname as "The Blues" is a fairly self-explanatory one - but where does "The Hatters" come from, in-regards to today's visitors?

Well, the nickname reflects Luton's historical connection with the hat making trade, which has been prominent there since the 17th century. The nickname was originally a variant on the now rarely seen straw-plaiters. 

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