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Luton a dangerous opponent – Guardiola

Kenilworth Road is the venue for this afternoon’s Premier League outing between Luton Town and Manchester City. After four league games without a win Pep Guardiola’s side are in need of reigniting their season and a trip to Luton could be the perfect place for it.

The champions were held to three successive draws before being defeated by an impressive Aston Villa during the week and the now trail current leaders Liverpool by seven points. A slip up today could be disastrous to their hopes of regaining the title.

However, Rob Edwards’ team have been performing strongly at home recently. Their last match saw them force Arsenal into a stoppage-time winner from Declan Rice to get over the line. Though they didn’t earn the points that performance deserved, Edwards will be hoping for a similar display against City today.

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Rob Edwards spoke about taking on Man City saying: “I’m excited we’re playing them, I think the whole football club should be as well,” he said.

“Look what they’ve done in recent years – they’re a winning machine. We’re expecting the best and that’s what we’re preparing for. Their recent run of not winning doesn’t make a difference to us.”

Mike Jones10 December 2023 13:53

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Manchester City are unbeaten in the previous 43 league and cup games (W33, D10) in which Rodri has featured but have lost the last five matches the Spaniard has missed.

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Mike Jones10 December 2023 13:50

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Erling Haaland has scored nine goals in eight Premier League games against promoted sides.

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Mike Jones10 December 2023 13:45

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Luton are one of three sides without a Premier League clean sheet this season, alongside Sheffield United and Brighton.

Rob Edwards’ team have lost three of their past four league games and have one win from their previous nine top-flight matches.

Mike Jones10 December 2023 13:40

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Manchester City have won 13 of their past 14 top-flight matches versus newly-promoted opposition, only dropping points in a 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest in February.

City’s most recent league loss to newly-promoted opposition came at home to Leeds in April 2021, while their last such defeat on the road came at Norwich in September 2019.

Mike Jones10 December 2023 13:35

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Pep Guardiola explains why Erling Haaland is not in the squad

“A bone stress reaction in his foot and after the last game he felt it. He cannot play.” said the Man City boss, “I don’t know [the length of the injury]. Week by week, day by day, we will see what happens.

“We play with 11 that’s for sure. Erling has been so important since he’s arrived that’s for sure. But during the season we see this sort of thing. Injuries, suspensions, problems, we have to adapt.

“Julian Alvarez will be playing [as our centre forward].”

Mike Jones10 December 2023 13:31

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Pep Guardiola not taking Luton for granted as Man City seek end to mini slump

Pep Guardiola believes his Manchester City side face a challenge to get back to winning ways at Luton this weekend.

The champions have gone four games without a Premier League win for the first time since 2017 after successive draws against Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham were followed by defeat at Aston Villa on Wednesday.

They will be expected to put that behind them at Kenilworth Road on Sunday but the promoted Hatters have produced some battling performances on their top-flight return and Guardiola expects another.

Mike Jones10 December 2023 13:30

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The reigning champions allowed 22 shots against Aston Villa and had just two attempts of their own – both figures are their worst in a Premier League game under Pep Guardiola.

Mike Jones10 December 2023 13:25

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Manchester City are winless in four Premier League fixtures (three draws, one loss), equalling their longest such run under Pep Guardiola, set in March and April 2017.

City have not gone five top-flight matches without a victory since a seven-game sequence in October and November 2009, while it has never happened to Pep Guardiola in his managerial career.

Mike Jones10 December 2023 13:20

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The Hatters have won each of their last seven home league fixtures versus reigning top-flight champions, a sequence running from 1985-86 to 1991-92.

Luton’s most recent home league loss against reigning champions was a 2-1 defeat by Liverpool in September 1984.

Mike Jones10 December 2023 13:15

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