After an unpredictable opening round of the Capital One Cup, there are the prospects of more upsets in Round 2 including at Kenilworth Road.Thirteen teams knocked out higher-division opponents in Round 1 of the competition, and Luton Town have the chance to cause another shock when they host Stoke City on Tuesday 25th August in front of the Sky Sports cameras (7.45pm kick-off).
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The season so far
Luton progressed to the Second Round of the Capital One Cup by beating Sky Bet Championship side Bristol City 3-1.
That impressive triumph has been their only victory of the season so far, though, with league matters proving to be slightly more difficult.
The Hatters have collected draws against Accrington Stanley and Oxford United, but they head into this clash having lost their last two matches – to Bristol Rovers and Yeovil Town.
Stoke, meanwhile, have begun their Premier League campaign with two draws and a loss.
The Potters were beaten by Liverpool on the opening day of the season, but they bounced back to record a draw at White Hart Lane against Tottenham Hotspur, before sharing the points with Norwich City last weekend.
This is the first meeting between the two sides since 2007, when they played out a 0-0 draw.
At that stage both teams were in the Championship, but their fortunes have been rather contrasting since – Stoke established themselves as a Premier League club, while League 2 Luton have had to bounce back from falling out of The Football League.
The overall head-to-head record between the pair is edged by the Potters, who have won 16 of the previous meetings, with Luton able to celebrate victory 10 times. There have also been 14 draws between the duo, but it is Stoke who have had the better of the fixture since the turn of the millennium.
Luton’s last win over Stoke was in 2000, with the Potters unbeaten in the last five games between the two sides.
The return of Bojan?
Mark Hughes has confirmed that he will pick a strong Stoke team for the tie, with the club determined to put together a good run in the competition this year.
The Potters have more strength in depth than ever before, after a busy summer which has seen them bring in a number of highly-rated players.
The imminent return of Bojan will be a further boost to the team, and the Spaniard could make his competitive comeback on Tuesday night.
Don’t miss it!
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