Luton continue the search for their first-ever points in the Premier League when they host Wolves on Saturday, exclusively live on talkSPORT 2.
The Hatters have lost all four games since gaining promotion to the top-flight as they struggle to adapt to life in the big time.
Rob Edward’s side are sat bottom of the table and surely look set to be in a relegation battle unless they can turn things around quickly.
And they have their best chance yet to claim their first three points in front of the Kenilworth Road faithful against Wolves.
Manager Gary O’Neil has not experienced the best of starts himself in the West Midlands, losing three of his opening four games in charge.
Luton vs Wolves: talkSPORT coverage
This Premier League clash will take place on Saturday, September 22.
Kick-off at Kenilworth Road is scheduled for 3pm.
The game will not be broadcast live on TV due to the 3pm blackout rule.
However, talkSPORT 2 will have EXCLUSIVE live coverage of the action.
Commentary will come from Ian Danter and former Arsenal midfielder Perry Groves.
To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.
ou can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.
Luton vs Wolves: Team news
Luton will remain without Gabriel Osho, Jordan Clark and Daniel Potts who continue their recovery on the sidelines.
Midfielder Ross Barkley has a slight hamstring injury and will be assessed ahead of the game.
As for Wolves, they don’t have any new injury issues with only Joe Hodge out.
Left-back Rayan Ait-Nouri was substituted just after the hour mark with a knock but he is expected to be fit to start at Kenilworth Road.
Luton vs Wolves: What has been said?
Luton’s Ryan Giles comes up against his former club this weekend and he has been reminiscing ahead of the game.
He said: “I’m looking forward to it, but I don’t want to overhype it just because it’s Wolves.
“Wolves are a club I was at since I was seven, it’s a club I hugely respect. They gave me a platform to be the player I am today, and I will always appreciate that.
“It’s a case of it being another game, and unfortunately for them, I want to beat them this weekend!”
Luton vs Wolves: Match facts
- Luton Town faced 46 shots in their first two Premier League games (average of 23) but have since faced 22 in their last two (average of 11). They also faced an xG of 6.28 in their opening two matches, compared to 1.99 in their last two, while they’ve allowed exactly half the number of touches in their box on average in their last two (23) compared to their first two games (46).
- Since a run between December 2021 and February 2022 in which they won four away games in a row, Wolves have picked up only four wins in 29 away Premier League matches (D6 L19), losing six of their last seven on the road.
- Luton are looking to avoid becoming just the sixth team in Premier League history to lose their first five games in a season, after Southampton in 1999-00 (finished 17th), Sunderland in 2005-06 (20th), Portsmouth in 2009-10 (20th), Crystal Palace in 2017-18 (11th), and Norwich City in 2021-22 (20th).
- Wolves have started a Premier League season with four defeats in their first five games for a third time, also doing so in 2003-04 (D1 L4) and 2021-22 (W1 L4). They have also conceded 11 goals in their first five games in the competition for just a second time, shipping 12 in 2003-04.
- Luton Town are just the second team to lose their first four games as a Premier League side, along with Swindon in 1993, who drew 0-0 at Norwich in their fifth game. It’s only the third time the Hatters have started a league season within England’s top four tiers with four defeats, along with 1927-28 and 2002-03, avoiding defeat in the fifth game in both seasons.
- Wolves are unbeaten in their last seven league games against Luton (W4 D3), winning the last three in a row. This is their first such meeting since a 3-2 win at Kenilworth Road in March 2007.
- This is the first top-flight meeting between Luton and Wolves since the 1983-84 campaign, with the Hatters winning home (4-0) and away (2-1) games against Wolves that season.
- Hwang Hee-chan has scored in three of Wolves’ five Premier League games this season, but has ended on the losing side in all of them (vs Brighton, Crystal Palace and Liverpool). He’s only the third player to score in and lose as many as three of his team’s opening five games of a season, after Nicolas Anelka for Bolton in 2007-08 and Michail Antonio in 2016-17 for West Ham.
- Having lost his first four Premier League games as a manager, Luton Town’s Rob Edwards could become only the third manager to lose his first five games in the competition all within the same season, after Mick McCarthy in 2003 with Sunderland and Scott Parker in 2019 with Fulham.
- None of Gary O’Neil’s last 21 Premier League games as a manager has ended as a draw across spells with Bournemouth and Wolves (W8 L13). After a run of seven wins in the first 12 games of this run, he has since lost eight of his last nine, winning the other 1-0 vs Everton in August.
The new talkSPORT match centre
Keep up-to-date with all the latest football fixtures, results and standings in our new match centre.
Source From: Football News, Transfers, Opinion – talkSPORT