Chelsea are unbeaten in 23 cup matches against lower-league opposition. The Blues have also won three of four FA Cup ties against Luton, including last season, with their sole loss coming in a replay in 1935.
Will Chelsea stay on course for yet another Wembley cup final?
On Sunday, the Blues took on Liverpool in the Carabao Cup Final and, despite finishing 0-0 after two hours of play, it was an enthralling encounter.
Chelsea had no less than three goals ruled out for offside with Romelu Lukaku and Kai Havertz, twice, denied by the assistant’s flag and subsequent VAR check.
So, for the sixth time in League Cup Final history, the match went to penalties, but none of the previous five had been quite like this.
The first 21 spot-kicks were all scored with Kepa Arrizabalaga, sent on to keep them out, then skying his effort high into the Wembley night sky.
This saw Liverpool lift the trophy with Chelsea leaving disappointed.
The Blues have actually appeared in a domestic cup final in each of the last six season, but have lost five of them, only lifting the FA Cup in 2018.
Now, they’re looking to remain on track to reach both cup finals for the first time in 15 years.
Thomas Tuchel’s men currently sit 16 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City and, even with two games in hand, that is surely out of reach.
Of course, retaining the Champions League is the priority but last year’s runners-up would love to add the FA Cup to their UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup titles.
Will Chelsea avoid a slip-up here?
Luton Town meanwhile are pushing to return to the top-flight for the first time since 1991/92.
The Hatters beat Derby County 1-0 on Saturday, Danny Hylton the scorer, so sit sixth in the Championship, thereby in the last play-off place.
This is a club who’ve been all the way down to the fifth-tier since they last played top-flight football, but their fans are dreaming just now.
In the cup, Nathan Jones’ have so far beaten Harrogate Town and Cambridge United, 4-0 and 3-0, to get this far.
Thus, to say this’ll be a much tougher challenge against the European and world champions is an understatement.
Will Kenilworth Road witness a famous upset?
Luton Town team news
Given that Luton have won three in a row, and six of their last eight, there’s no need for Nathan Jones to mess with a winning formulae.
They are without central-defender Sonny Bradley as well as midfielders Jordan Clark and Luke Berry due to long-term injuries.
But, Robert Snodgrass could make his debut for the club; he was on the bench on Saturday having joined on a free from West Brom not long before.
However, fellow-Scot Allan Campbell, Gabriel Osho and Henri Lansbury are a very settled midfield trio.
Danny Hylton’s goal off the bench against Derby should earn him a start here.
He could partner Elijah Adebayo with Harry Cornick joining Cameron Jerome on the bench.
Chelsea team news
Thomas Tuchel meanwhile is likely to heavily rotate his XI after a gruelling, energy-sapping and ultimately disappointing 120 minutes on Sunday.
César Azpilicueta hobbled off 57 minutes into the final so Reece James, who’s only just back from injury, could make his first start of 2022.
Alternatively, and what’s actually more likely, Callum Hudson-Odoi could fill-in at right-wing-back so James isn’t rushed back.
Elsewhere, Sunday’s other unused substitutes Malang Sarr, Saúl Ñíguez and Ruben Loftus-Cheek could all come into the team.
Romelu Lukaku is likely to lead the line, in an attempt to boost his confidence; his only goals of 2022 have come against Chesterfield, Al-Hilal and Palmeiras.
Kepa Arrizabalaga’s introduction was certainly the big talking point of the League Cup Final but he could be in from the start here.
Although, if Édouard Mendy was to don the gloves, he’d make six consecutive appearances in six different competitions:
Africa Cup of Nations, Club World Cup, Premier League, Champions League, EFL Cup and then FA Cup; surely some sort of record?
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|May 16, 2022||Championship 21/22||Huddersfield Town||1 - 0||Luton Town|
|May 13, 2022||Championship 21/22||Luton Town||1 - 1||Huddersfield Town|
|May 7, 2022||Championship 21/22||Luton Town||1 - 0||Reading FC|
|May 2, 2022||Championship 21/22||Fulham FC||7 - 0||Luton Town|
|April 23, 2022||Championship 21/22||Luton Town||1 - 1||Blackpool|
|May 22, 2022||Premier League 21/22||Chelsea FC||2 - 1||Watford FC|
|May 19, 2022||Premier League 21/22||Chelsea FC||1 - 1||Leicester City|
|May 14, 2022||FA Cup 21/22||Chelsea FC||0 - 0||Liverpool FC|
|May 11, 2022||Premier League 21/22||Leeds United||0 - 3||Chelsea FC|
|May 7, 2022||Premier League 21/22||Chelsea FC||2 - 2||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|Luton Town||Chelsea FC|
|12||Shots on goal||43|
|7||Shots off goal||33|
|22%||Average ball possession||55%|
|7||Goals by foot||18|
|2||Goals by head||1|
|0||Shots on post||3|
|0||Shots on bar||3|
|Luton Town||Chelsea FC|
|1.5||Average Goals Scored||3|
|March 2, 2022||FA Cup 21/22||Luton Town||2 - 3||Chelsea FC|
|January 24, 2021||FA Cup 20/21||Chelsea FC||3 - 1||Luton Town|
Premier League table:
|5||Brighton & Hove Albion||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|19||West Ham United||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|14||Preston North End||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|15||Queens Park Rangers||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|23||West Bromwich Albion||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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What time is kick off between Luton Town vs Chelsea FC?
19:15, Wednesday 02 March 2022