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Match Preview: Luton Town (H)

11 September 2015

Notts County are back in action after an 11-day break as they host Luton Town at Meadow Lane in Sky Bet League Two.

With last weekend's game against Crawley Town postponed due to international call-ups, the Magpies haven't played since beating Mansfield Town 3-1 in the first round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on September 1st.

Despite an impressive result and performance that night, manager Ricardo Moniz will have been grateful for the break with a number of players needing time to recover from injury. The Dutchman will welcome Liam Noble back into the fold following the end of the midfielder's three-match ban and Curtis Thompson could also return after almost a month out.

Gill Swerts' knee was revealed to not be as badly injured as first thought after a scan but the former Belgian international is likely to miss out. Meanwhile, Roy Carroll and Mawouna Amevor returned unscathed from international duty with both men available for selection.

Luton, like Notts, were installed as one of the pre-season favourites but struggled in the opening month of the league season, failing to win a game.

But they picked up their maiden victory last time out at Cambridge United, recording a 3-1 win to clamber above Notts with both sides still situated at the wrong end of the table, though County do have a game in hand.

Luton boss John Still can call upon the services of Cameron McGeehan and former Notts loanee Paddy McCourt after both men were absent last weekend. However, Nathan Doyle, Paul Benson and Dan Potts are all doubtful but Jack Marriott is definitely unavailable as he serves the last game of a two-match suspension.

The Hatters have had the better of Notts historically, winning 34 of the previous 66 meetings with the Magpies winning just 13.

Notts' last win against the Kenilworth Road outfit came in March 2003 as a brace from Paul Heffernan secured a 2-1 win at Meadow Lane.

County are the marginal favourites for this clash at a price of 6/4 whilst Luton can be backed at 7/4 with the draw 23/10.

Izale McLeod opened his Notts account with the first goal of the evening against Mansfield and is 5/1 to repeat the trick tomorrow afternoon. If you fancy him to take home the matchball, you can get odds of 80/1.

Goals are often on the menu whenever Notts play - 30 have been scored in just eight games so far this season. Will that trend continue? A 3-2 win for Moniz's men is 33/1.

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