Newcastle United and Luton Town meet at St. James’ Park, in a match for this phase of the FA Cup (3rd Round). There is no recent record of direct confrontations between these two teams, who have not played any matches in the last 3 years. The last time they met was on 22-04-1989, in a match that ended with the final score: Newcastle United (0-0) Luton Town.
The home team plays its first match in this edition of the FA Cup with the intention of taking advantage of the home factor to conquer a positive result. The team comes to this match after a win away with Stoke City by (0-1). In the last 10 home matches for all competitions, Newcastle United has won 3, tied 2 and lost 5. Their defense has not been very strong, as they have conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In 15 matches, they suffered the first goal 8 times and only managed 1 comeback.
The Newcastle season is not very positive, as it currently occupies the bottom of the Premier League qualifying table. However, only in the last days the local team managed to climb some positions, when they beat West Ham and Stoke City. Normally we can verify that Newcastle United acts with a tactical system designed in 4-2-3-1, being Shelvey the anchor of the team and owner of a fantastic positional tactical sense. On the other hand, Dwight Gayle is the great highlight of this team, with 3 goals scored. For this game the coach still can not count on Mitrovic, Gamez and Lejeune, all injured.
Until reaching this phase of the FA Cup (3rd Round), the visiting team eliminated: Gateshead and Portsmouth. The team comes to this match after a home victory over Lincoln City by (4-2). In the last 10 away matches Luton Town has won 7, tied 2 and lost 1. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. This is a team that usually scores many times first: opened the scoring in 12 of its last 15 games, of these 12 reached the break in advantage in 8 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 10.
The Luton currently disputes the English fourth division, however, is proud to occupy the leadership of that competition. In the last game for the championship, Luton spectacularly won the Lincoln by 4-2. To reach this phase of the FA Cup, visitors won to Portsmouth and Gateshead. In this game away from home coach Nathan Jones must opt for a strategy very different from the last game, that is, privilege the defensive organization and counterattacks. Danny Hylton is one of the great highlights of Luton, with 15 goals scored in several competitions. Everything indicates that the visiting coach must be able to count on the same players as in the last game.
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