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Luton Town vs West Ham United betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions, team news and odds

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Luton Town vs West Ham United match preview

For the first time 11,451 days, or since 25 April 1992 if you prefer, Kenilworth Road will host top-flight football.

Back in May, Luton Town were promoted to the Premier League via the play-offs, completing a true footballing fairytale, achieving this less than a decade after being a non-league club.

So far, while renovations were completed at their own ground, Rob Edwards’ side have played two away games, and the scale of the task facing them has become overtly apparent.

On the opening day, the Hatters were smashed 4-1 by Brighton before, last Friday night, being swatted aside by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, easily defeated 3-0.

In mid-week, Luton did at least claim a morale-boosting Carabao Cup victory over Gillingham, prevailing 3-2, with Jacob Brown, Alfie Doughty and Cauley Woodrow all on target.

Now, will the new-look Kenilworth Road witness a famous night, as Luton target their first points of the season?

To date, the Hammers have seven points to their name, enjoying a memorable 3-1 victory over Brighton last Saturday evening.

Despite having a ludicrously low 22% possession, goals from James Ward-Prowse, Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio saw the Irons leave Sussex with all three points.

This came after David Moyes’ men beat Chelsea at the London Stadium by the same 3-1 scoreline so, despite a summer of discontent in the East End, there’s plenty of happy Hammers around right now.

However, this could change quickly, given that West Ham have lost their last two visits to Luton, although the most-recent of those was an FA Cup tie 29 years ago.

So, will Moyes’ men burst the Hatters’ bubble in this Friday night extravaganza?

Luton Town team news

Rob Edwards made eight changes for Tuesday’s win over Gillingham, but all of his key players will be back in for this one.

Ross Barkley made his Luton debut against his former employers last Friday night, brought in to add some much-needed Premier League expirence.

Carlton Morris has scored the Hatters’ only Premier League goal, to date, this a penalty at Brighton, so will someone else add their name to this list here?

Predicted XI (3-5-2): Kaminski; Andersen, Lockyer, Bell; Kaboré, Nakamba, Barkley, Chong, Giles; Adebayo, Morris.

West Ham United team news

David Moyes’ team have had a full week to prepare for this one, given that, as a European representative, they enter the League Cup in the third round.

Midfielder Mohammed Kudus could make his debut, having joined from Ajax last weekend, although Konstantinos Mavropanos’ debut will have to wait, as he’s injured.

Fellow centre-back Nayef Aguerd will return, having served his one-match suspension against Brighton, with Angelo Ogbonna dropping out.

Predicted XI (4-5-1): Areola; Coufal, Zouma, Aguerd, Emerson; Ward-Prowse, Álvarez, Paquetá, Bowen, Benrahma; Antonio.

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