Date: Saturday 16th September 2023
Kick-off: 3pm (BST)
Venue: Craven Cottage
This Saturday at Craven Cottage, get ready for an intense showdown as Luton face off against Fulham. It’s a clash that promises excitement, as both teams have a lot at stake. Fulham are hungry for their first home win of the season, while the Hatters are determined to put some points on the board. All signs are pointing towards a thrilling spectacle on the pitch.
Team News and Oak Road Hatters Predicted XI:
Injury news: Clark, Osho, Potts.
Kaminski will remain in goal. While he could have done better for West Ham’s first goal, he has shown more than enough to retain his place.
The base of the team was another unanimous decision amongst us, lining up Burke (RCB), Andersen (CB), and Lockyer (LCB). This may represent a risker decision with Locks starting on the left, but Bell has not continued his form of last season and as such, he drops out of the XI. Both Burke and Andersen impressed against West Ham, the latter scoring with a tidy header, and in turn, retaining their places. Doughty (LWB) and Kabore (RWB), take up their positions in the wing-back roles. The former was debatably the best player on the pitch last time out and retains his spot, this time in place of Ryan Giles, who similarly to Bell hasn’t shown his form of last season. Kabore, who was unfortunate to miss out last time round, comes back in against Fulham.
We have decided on a midfield trio of Nakamba (DM), Lokonga (CM) and Barkley (CM). Nakamba speaks for himself with his performance against West Ham, and we were all of one mind in selecting Lokonga. His PL experience is incredibly important, as well as his excellent technique on the ball with Chong unfortunate to lose his place. On the other hand, there was some disagreement on the third midfield spot. Two of us picked Chong, and the other two Barkley – we opted for Ross. Despite some disgruntlement amongst fans for his lack of appreciation towards the Kenilworth Road crowd, he showed his quality in creating a game-high four chances.
While I feel this has been a notion for a prolonged period, we think Morris will start alongside Adebayo with questions over whether Jacob Brown would take Elijah’s place. This is understandable given Brown’s impressive performances so far and Eli’s lack of goals. Rob Edwards seems to fancy Eli, and so do we.
Starting XI: Kaminski, Kabore, Burke, Andersen, Lockyer, Doughty, Nakamba, Lokonga, Barkley, Morris, Adebayo.