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Match Preview: Luton Town (H)

28 October 2021

Preston North End host their fourth home game in 15 days on Saturday afternoon when Luton Town come to Deepdale.

Match Information
Venue: Deepdale
Date: Saturday 30th October, 3pm kick-off
Competition: EFL Sky Bet Championship (Matchday 15/46)
Kit: Home kit – available to order here!

Supporter Information

First Team News

The One And Only Issue Ten: Luton Town

28 October 2021

Tickets are on sale for this fixture from the Deepdale ticket office, over the phone on 0344 856 1966 and online from

Our fan zone will be open to home supporters as normal from 12pm, with last orders before kick-off at 2.30pm, and the fan zone will also reopen at 4.45pm, with last orders at 5.30pm.

Saturday's game against Luton will be our Remembrance fixture, as we pay tribute to those who gave their lives to serve our country.

Supporters not able to make the game can listen to live commentary on iFollow PNE for a £2.50 audio match pass, while those overseas can watch the game live for £10. Subscribe here!

PNE Team News


Frankie McAvoy confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Matthew Olosunde felt a tight hamstring after Tuesday’s Central League fixture which will keep him out for seven days.

Ched Evans will again miss out, with the forward not yet back in full training, and Josh Murphy is also unavailable due to an ankle injury picked up last week.

Long-term absentees Izzy Brown and Connor Wickham remain out, while Alan Browne will be back in contention after serving his suspension on Wednesday evening. 

The Opposition

Luton Town have made a great start to their season, currently sitting fifth in the Championship table.

In the dugout for the Hatters is Nathan Jones, in his second spell in charge of the team from Bedfordshire, the first of which saw him lead his side out of League Two and set them up for another promotion the following term.

Now in their third campaign back in the second tier, Luton will be looking to build on their 19th and 12th-placed finishes.

Key Stats

Luton come in to this fixture five games unbeaten, scoring ten goals in that time, while conceding just twice, keeping four clean sheets in the process.

The Hatters are the fifth top scorers in the division, with 23 in total this term, and seven of those have come from striker Elijah Adebayo, who joined from Walsall in February.

Luton have come out on top of the last two games between the two sides, but they’ve never won three in a row against North End.

Our Last Meeting

Luton won 1-0 on their last visit to Deepdale back in March 2021, with the only goal of the game coming in the 83rd minute.

After Daniel Iversen made a remarkable stop from point-blank range to deny Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, James Collins put the ball back across goal and the Danish goalkeeper inadvertently put into the back of his own net.

Man In The Middle


For the third time this season, Dean Whitestone will take the whistle for a game at Deepdale.

Whitestone was the referee when PNE beat Peterborough in August, and he also took charge of North End’s 4-1 Carabao Cup victory against Cheltenham Town.

Whitestone will be assisted by Nik Barnard and Geoffrey Liddle, while Sebastian Stockbridge will be fourth official.

Pre-Match Interview

Frankie Looking To Continue Home Form

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Match Reports

Match Report: PNE 2 Luton Town 0

30 October 2021

Emil Riis celebrated his new contract with a brace against Luton Town as Preston North End claimed a 2-0 victory over the Hatters.

Riis, who signed a new deal running until 2025 on Friday, opened the scoring with a superb strike from a tight angle outside the area, and he got his second in the final stages of the first half from the penalty spot after Ali McCann was fouled.

There weren’t many chances of note in the opening stages of the game and the deadlock was broken after 27 minutes – in some style too – with Riis picking the ball up outside the right-hand side of the box, and while it looked like he was getting ready to cross, he somehow picked out the far corner with a ferocious hit.

North End could have doubled their lead less than ten minutes later, as Riis laid the ball back for Sean Maguire, although he saw his shot deflected over the bar by a defender.

There was a contentious moment soon after; following a challenge between Tom Lockyer and Alan Browne, the Luton man appeared to shove North End’s captain to the ground, however both picked up the same punishment in the form of a yellow card.

Five minutes before half-time, Luton had their first real chance of the game, as James Bree had his free-kick headed goalwards by Glen Rea. That effort was kept out by Daniel Iversen but fell to the feet of Kal Naismith, and the Danish goalkeeper was quick to rush out and block his shot.

It looked as though it would be 1-0 heading into the break then, but when McCann was fouled two minutes into injury time, referee Dean Whitestone had no choice but to point to the spot, and Riis stepped up to get his second of the day, slamming home to the goalkeeper’s left.

The Hatters made two changes at the break and one of them was involved straight away. Admiral Muskwe took the ball out of the air to volley it into the ground and goalwards, forcing Iversen to make a good save to tip it round the post.

At the other end, the Maguire and Riis strike partnership almost resulted in another goal, with the Irishman feeding the Dane between two centre halves, but he couldn’t find the target with his effort.

Maguire was creating again on 64 minutes, playing a smart ball over the top to Barkhuizen, who took the ball down on his chest and Simon Sluga denied his shot at the near post, putting it out for a corner. From the resulting set piece, Sluga was again called into action as he tipped Patrick Bauer’s header over the bar.

Riis had the chance to grab his hat-trick 15 minutes from the end, with Barkhuizen finding him in the air, but his header went narrowly over the bar.

The Dane was then through on goal 85 minutes in, tugged to the ground by Lockyer, however referee Whitestone waved away appeals with the striker left on the ground.

Riis turned creator with a minute left on the clock, sending substitute Scott Sinclair through on goal, but the forward was thwarted by Sluga. 

It was North End's 'keeper who would pull off the best save of the game, though, as a Bauer deflection on Naismith's effort looked as though it would wrongfoot the shot-stopper, but he remarkably stuck out his right hand to tip it over and maintain his clean sheet.

PNE line-up: Iversen; van den Berg, Bauer, Hughes; Barkhuizen, McCann (Ledson, 90+2), Whiteman, Browne, Earl; Maguire (Sinclair, 76), Riis (Potts, 90+2). Subs not used: Rudd, Cunningham, Johnson, Storey.

Luton line-up: Sluga; Lockyer, Bradley (Lansbury, 45), Naismith; Bree, Clark, Rea (Muskwe, 45), Ruddock Mpanzu, Bell; Jerome, Cornick (Onyedinma, 70). Subs: Shea, Hylton, Burke, Campbell.

Referee: Mr D Whitestone

Attendance: 11,059 (989 Luton fans)

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