Cardiff City v Luton Town. Match preview

Last updated : 28 November 2020 By Michael Morris

Saturday 28th November, ko 3:00pm.

Game is being streamed on Cardiff City TV


Greg Cunningham could be in contention for a place in the team against Luton today. Cunningham is back playing again after missing almost all of last season through injury. He has featured in four games this season so far but sufered a set back in the 1 - 0 win at Preston last month. He has recovered though and adds an extra body to Neil Harris' squad.

One player who won't be returning anytime soon is Isaac Vassell. The striker has had more injury woes and has a problem with his quad (again). This was the initial injury over a year ago that has seen him play no first team football since August 2019 and he's not likely to play for the foreseeable future.

Vassell has appeared in just three matches for City. An explosive debut off the bench saw him score a last gasp winner against Luton last season followed by two 45 min halves in 3 - 0 defeats to reading ad Luton (League Cup).

Lee Tomlin is also out for a couplke of months.

The remainining players are physically fit but need to improve their form as Cardiff lurch towards the lower reaches of the Championship table.

Under pressure cardiff City boss Neil Harris had admitted the next couple of games could influence his position as Cardiff City manager. Speaking ahead of today's game with Luton at CCS Harris said

"I think this is a big period for me, the club and the group, the next couple of games. I put expectations on my own shoulders and I need my players to deliver and I need to get big calls right.

"I think we have tried to change the way we’ve played and approach games, the style of play.

"The majority of it has been really good. The two penalty areas have been the problem. We’ve not scored enough, we’ve conceded the first goal too often. When we have conceded the first goal it’s because we have made errors. I’ve asked players to adapt their play.

"I may have to be a little more pragmatic in my approach to some players. We have to find a way of putting teams under more pressure. I have to consider personnel, style of play, formation, all those things considered from a Wednesday to a Saturday."

Luton Town manager Nathan Jones: 

"Neil Harris did a wonderful job last year, got them in the play-offs. The Championship is one of those things, someone told me once that you don’t have to do a hell of a lot different in the Championship to go four unbeaten or to get four or five defeats on the spin because it is that type of league.

“Neil is experienced, they are not in a precarious position in anyway shape or form, far more teams in precarious positions, plus he brought himself a little bit of leeway because he has done fantastic work there.

“There's never a good time to play Cardiff, especially away, because they’re a tough side to play. They have got experienced Championship players, a lot with Premier League experience so it’s a tough, tough game.

“Not sure it’s a good time, bad time or anything to play them. It’s a Championship game and the Championship is never an easy ride in anyway shape or form."

Match facts

  • Cardiff City are unbeaten in five league encounters Luton Town, winning three and drawing two since losing 2-1 in October 2005.
  • After going unbeaten in four consecutive away league games versus Cardiff between 1982 and 2005, Luton have lost their last two such trips and conceding six goals in the process.
  • Cardiff have lost three of their last six home Championship matches (W1 D2), as many as in their previous 23 home games in the competition.
  • Luton have lost just two of their last 16 away league matches under Nathan Jones (W10 D4), keeping nine clean sheets.
  • Since June, no side has won more away Championship league matches than Luton Town (P10 W6 D2 L2).

Match Officials:

Assistants: Steven Meredith and Mark Jones
Fourth Official : James Linington