Luton Town Vs Manchester City FA Cup Match Preview (1 Viewer)

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Luton Town is gearing up for one of their most significant matches in recent memory as they host Manchester City at Kenilworth Road in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Tuesday night.

It's a big task for Luton, who are coming off a 4-1 loss to Liverpool in the Premier League, while Manchester City secured a 1-0 win against Bournemouth. Luton has been earning praise for their style of play this season and their ability to trouble top teams, especially when playing at home. However, they're heading into this match on the back of three straight Premier League defeats.

Currently positioned 18th in the Premier League, Luton's focus is solely on the FA Cup for now. They've already shown their mettle in the competition with impressive away wins against Bolton Wanderers and Everton in the previous rounds.

Although Luton has never won the FA Cup, they famously reached the final in the 1958-59 season, losing to Nottingham Forest. Their last encounter with Manchester City saw them lose 2-1, but they put up a fight, conceding only after taking the lead.

As for Manchester City, they're looking to continue their FA Cup journey after a convincing win over Huddersfield Town and a hard-fought victory against Tottenham Hotspur. With seven FA Cup titles under their belt, including last year's triumph against Manchester United, they're aiming to defend their title and potentially secure another treble this season.

Despite some ups and downs in the league, Manchester City remains a strong contender for the title, sitting just one point behind Liverpool at the time, with the same number of games played.

INJURIES & SUSPENSION​

Luton will once again be missing several key players including Tom Lockyer, Marvelous Nakamba, Jacob Brown, and Mads Andersen. Alfie Doughty and Albert Sambi Lokonga are facing late fitness tests to determine their availability.

The upcoming match is likely to be too early for Adebayo's return as the club is still investigating the striker's thigh issue. Head coach Edwards is anticipated to give opportunities to some of the squad players on Tuesday, with Tim Krul expected to start in goal. Additionally, Andros Townsend and Reece Burke are likely to be included in the starting lineup.

Meanwhile, Man City will be without Josko Gvardiol due to an ankle problem, but otherwise, their squad is in good shape for the match. Manager Guardiola is expected to rotate the team from the one that played against Bournemouth in the Premier League.

Players like Jeremy Doku, Julian Alvarez, Kevin De Bruyne, and Kyle Walker could be brought into the starting lineup. Stefan Ortega might get a chance in goal, and Phil Foden could be rested considering the amount of football he has played recently.

POSSIBLE LINE-UPS​

Luton Town possible starting lineup:
Krul; Burke, Mengi, Bell; Ogbene, Lokonga, Barkley, Doughty; Chong, Morris, Townsend

Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ortega; Walker, Dias, Ake; Rodri, Stones; B Silva, Alvarez, De Bruyne, Doku; Haaland

EXPERT PREDICTION​

Luton Town 1-2 Manchester City
Luton has demonstrated their ability to trouble any team this season, but it's challenging to envision a favorable outcome for them in this match. Guardiola is likely to field a formidable lineup, and Manchester City's superior quality should give them the edge over Luton on Tuesday night.
 

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