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Luton vs West Ham LIVE commentary: New-look Kenilworth Road ready for first Premier League game – kick-off time, team news and how to follow


Aug 31, 2023
Luton vs West Ham LIVE commentary: New-look Kenilworth Road ready for first Premier League game - kick-off time, team news and how to follow


Luton will finally play their first-ever Premier League home game this Friday night as they welcome West Ham.

Kenilworth Road wasn’t up to the top-flight’s standards before the campaign and has undergone some major treatment over the summer.

Kenilworth Road has a brand new stand, among many other changes


Kenilworth Road has a brand new stand, among many other changes

And it is now ready to welcome the Hammers for its first game, live and exclusively on talkSPORT.

The Hatters have lost their first two Premier League games, losing 4-1 to Brighton and 3-0 to Chelsea, but they will feel confident of getting a win at home.

However, their opponents are flying.

David Moyes’ men currently sit second and are unbeaten from their opening three matches, securing wins over Chelsea and Brighton.

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Luton vs West Ham: Date and how to follow

This Premier League clash will take place on Friday, September 1.

Kick-off at Kenilworth Road is scheduled for 8pm.

talkSPORT will have live and exclusive coverage from Bedfordshire, with Hugh Woozencroft serving as your host.

Commentary will then come from Nigel Adderley and England icon Stuart Pearce.

talkSPORT.com will also have a live blog keeping up to date with the action.

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

West Ham are flying after a great start


West Ham are flying after a great startCredit: Getty

Luton vs West Ham: Team news

The Hatters have several injury concerns with Gabriel Osho, Dan Potts and Jordan Clark all out for a significant period of time.

But Rob Edwards might decide to shuffle his pack after Jacob Brown and Cauley Woodrow both scored in midweek.

Luton beat Gillingham 3-2 in the Carabao Cup and some of those fringe squad members might have played their way into the starting XI.

Meanwhile, West Ham are unlikely to field Tomas Soucek after he sustained a head injury against Brighton.

Nayef Aguerd returns from suspension and Mohammed Kudus could make his debut after completing a move from Ajax earlier this week.

But fellow new signing Konstantinos Mavropanos is injured.

Aguerd is back from suspension


Aguerd is back from suspensionCredit: Getty

Luton vs West Ham: Match facts

  • This is the first meeting in any competition between Luton and West Ham since March 1994, and a 3-2 home win for the Hatters in an FA Cup quarter-final replay.
  • West Ham are winless in their last four meetings with Luton in all competitions (D2 L2). However, their last win against them was in their last top-flight meeting, a 1-0 away victory in January 1992.
  • After losing both of their Premier League matches this season, Luton could suffer defeats in each of their opening three matches of league campaign for just a fifth time in their Football League history, after 1927-28, 1935-36, 1996-97, and 2002-03 (all in the third tier).
  • Both of West Ham’s last two Premier League games have been 3-1 wins for the Hammers. David Moyes’ side last won three consecutive league matches in January 2022, while not since August 2021 have they scored 3+ goals in three consecutive top-flight matches (a run of 4).
  • This is Luton’s first top-flight home game since April 1992, and a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa. The Hatters are unbeaten in their last eight at Kenilworth Road in the top division (W5 D3), with West Ham the last side to beat them (1-0 in January 1992).
  • Luton have so far lost 4-1 against Brighton and 3-0 against Chelsea in the Premier League this season. The only team to lose their first three matches in a top-flight season by 3+ goals are West Bromwich Albion, who did so in 1890-91.
  • A victory for West Ham would see them finish the day top of the Premier League table. It would be the first time they’ve led the top-flight having played at least four games since 14th October 1983 (8 games played).
  • West Ham boss David Moyes has never lost in seven meetings with Luton in all competitions (W6 D1), only facing Wrexham more often without ever losing in his managerial career (9). This is his first meeting with the Hatters since a 1-0 win at Kenilworth Road in the 2006-07 League Cup with Everton.
  • Jarrod Bowen has scored in both of West Ham’s Premier League away games so far this season – the last player to score in each of the Hammers’ first three top-flight away games in a season was the club’s all-time top scorer Vic Watson in 1930-31.
  • James Ward-Prowse has been involved in three goals in his two Premier League games for West Ham so far (1 goal, 2 assists), while overall he’s been involved in seven goals in his last six appearances in the competition (3 goals, 4 assists).

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