Seeking to claim their first Premier League victory under head coach Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea vs Luton Town at Stamford Bridge on Friday night.
Where is Chelsea vs Luton happening?
- Location: London, England
- Stadium: Stamford Bridge
- Date: Friday 25 August
- Kick-off Time: 20:00 BST / 15:00 ET / 12:00 PT
- Referee: Robert Jones
- VAR: Gary Beswick
Chelsea vs Luton Town: Match Preview
2023/24 Premier League season will resume this week, with Gameweek 3 kicking off on Friday. Chelsea vs Luton Town will be the first match to get us underway in the latest round of fixtures. And both teams will be desperate to get their first win on the board for the new campaign.
Chelsea would have hoped to have put the misery of the 2022/23 season behind them at the start of the new term. But the 2023/24 campaign has kicked off on the worst possible note, with the Mauricio Pochettino era not beginning ideally. And after playing out a 1-1 draw against Liverpool in Gameweek 1, they went down 3-1 to West Ham United last weekend.
On the other hand, Luton Town gave Brighton & Hove Albion a run for their money in Gameweek 1. The Hatters went through phases where they frustrated their opponents. But the Seagulls were ultimately too good for Rob Edwards and his charges. Meanwhile, the visitors were not in action last weekend as Kenilworth Road, their home ground, is still undergoing a programme of extensive ground improvements to be ready to host Premier League football.
Chelsea and Luton Town last clashed in the FA Cup in March 2022, with the Blues eking out a 3-2 win in the fifth round. .
Chelsea are still without a number of key players due to injury. The likes of Reece James, Wesley Fofana, Christopher Nkunku and Trevoh Chalobah are out for an extended period, while Armando Broja and Benoit Badiashile are expected back in September but are still some way short of fitness.
Carney Chukwuemeka will also be missing for an extended period after undergoing knee surgery following the West Ham trip. He might not be back until after the October international break.
Moises Caicedo could be set for his first Chelsea start despite enduring a nightmare debut in which he gave away a penalty and struggled to retain possession. Whether or not new signing Romeo Lavia will be involved, at least from the bench, will be interesting to see.
For Luton, Dan Potts, Reece Burke, Jordan Clark and Gabriel Osho all remain sidelined, and Rob Edwards is likely to field a similar lineup to the team that faced Brighton on the opening day.
However, new signing Ross Barkley will be in contention to start against his former club following his free transfer.
Chelsea vs Luton Town: Head to Head
- In two head-to-head encounters between the two sides, Chelsea have won both games.
- Midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka and French centre-back Axel Disasi have been the goalscorers so far for Chelsea this season, with both registering one each.
- Left-back Ben Chilwell has assisted one goal so far in the league this season for Chelsea.
- Striker Carlton Morris has scored the only goal this season for Luton Town in the Premier League.
Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Sanchez; Disasi, Silva, Colwill; Gusto, Caicedo, Fernandez, Chilwell; Sterling, Mudryk; Jackson.
Luton Town (5-3-2): Kaminski; Kabore, Andersen, Lockyer, Bell, Giles; Nakamba, Pelly Mpanzu, Chong; Adebayo, Morris.
CHE vs LT: Fantasy XI
Sanchez; Disasi, Silva, Lockyer, Caicedo, Fernandez, Nakamba, Mudryk; Jackson, Chong