Luton Town Match Preview

Six days after playing their last London derby of the season, West Ham United are set for their final Stratford outing against a newly-promoted side, as Luton Town are the visitors this afternoon.

After they failed to do so against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last time out, the Hammers could achieve only their second double of the current campaign over Rob Edwards’ men after winning the reverse fixture 2-1 at Kenilworth Road in what was the first Premier League encounter to be held there back on September 1.

It has also been quite a week in East London too. The long-running speculation over the future of David Moyes was finally brought to an end, as it was announced on Monday that the Scotsman would not be renewing his contract with the club and will leave after next weekend’s trip to Manchester City. With that in mind, he will want to end his time in the east end on a high by collecting all three points.

West Ham fans may be interested to know that the club have astonishingly not been involved in a home 3pm kick-off on a Saturday since the visit of fellow newly-promoted outfit Sheffield United back on September 30.

In his pre-match news conference on Friday ahead of the visit of the Hatters, Moyes stated that both Nayef Aguerd and Konstantinos Mavropanos will again miss out. This means that Angelo Ogbonna is likely to retain his place, while Maxwel Cornet may earn a rare start in place of Lucas Paquetá, who it has to be said, didn’t make much of an impact against the Blues. The Brazilian was forced off towards the end of that game but Moyes said that he would be fit enough to be involved.

James Ward-Prowse may also replace Edson Álvarez after being called upon from the substitutes bench for the last two matches.

Today’s referee is Michael Oliver.