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Match preview: Stags vs Luton Town

26 August 2017

Match Previews

Match preview: Stags vs Luton Town

26 August 2017

Mansfield Town welcome Luton Town to One Call Stadium this Saturday in the Stags' next Sky Bet League Two fixture and this is your comprehensive guide to the clash (3.00pm kick-off).

Winger Alfie Potter will miss the match with the Hatters after picking up a slight calf strain last week, but is expected to resume full training on Friday. 

Stags' boss Steve Evans told the local media on Thursday that wingman Alex MacDonald will be named in the 18, whilst skipper Zander Diamond should be okay after picking up a slight knock in a practice match on Tuesday. 

The Hatters welcomed back frontman Danny Hylton into the starting line-up last week after he missed their first two games with a leg injury.

The former Oxford United man's return to fitness has given the Hatters a welcome boost after they lost fellow centre-forward Isaac Vassell to Birmingham City last week.

Right-back James Justin, who has been linked with a multi-million pound move away from the club this summer, also returned to the matchday squad against Colchester after recovering from a hamstring problem, but was an unused substitute.

Stags have won one, lost one and drawn one of their opening three fixtures, whilst the Hatters have won two and lost one of their trio of games. 

Manager Steve Evans' men opened with a 2-2 draw away to Crewe Alexandra, before defeating EFL newcomers Forest Green Rovers 2-0 at One Call Stadium a week later. 

Stags then slipped to their first defeat of the campaign away to Accrington Stanley last week. Striker Lee Angol cancelled out Kayden Jackson's opener, but former Stag Billy Kee popped up with the winner in second half stoppage time for Stanley. 

Luton thumped Yeovil Town 8-2 on the opening day of the season, but were brought back down to earth with a 1-0 humbling at the hands of Barnet. 

However, they then bounced back with an excellent 3-0 win over Colchester United at Kenilworth Road last week.

Nothing could split the sides last time they met, in April 2017. 

Winger Alfie Potter scored his first goal for the Stags to give Steve Evans' men the lead in the first half, but Luton frontman Danny Hylton dispatched a second half penalty to earn the Hatters a point. 

HEAD-TO-HEAD record: W: 11 | D: 12 | L: 11

Ross Joyce will officiate the contest, whilst Gareth Mellor and Matthew Jones will assist him. David Richardson will be the fourth official. 

Mr Joyce's last match in charge of the Stags was our 2-1 win over Newport County in February. 

Stags' fans can purchase tickets both in advance and on the day, however money can be saved if tickets are purchased prior to matchday. 

Furthermore, save time and money by purchasing your seats online from www.stagstickets.co.uk and then choose the 'print at home' option. 

All of our ticket prices can be found here.

No tickets will be sold to away fans at One Call Stadium on Saturday.

Prior to kick-off, we will be holding a minute's applause in memory of former manager Duncan Russell, who sadly passed away last week following a short battle with cancer.

The Sandy Pate Sports Bar will open at 9.00am for supporters to enjoy our breakfast menu, which is served until 11.00am. 

After that, the matchday food menu is available in our Sports Bar, serving food such as burgers, pies, chips and hot-dogs. Furthermore, the bar will be serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day. 

Also in the Sandy Pate Sports Bar, the SSA will be selling their unique matchday pin badges for just £3.

Supporters with a ticket in blocks N, P, Q and R of the Ian Greaves Stand (upper tier) will be able to access the Kevin Bird Suite from 1pm on Saturday. 

The Suite, situtated in the upper tier of the Ian Greaves Stand, will be serving hot and cold drinks for supporters to enjoy. The bar will also be open at half-time for supporters with a ticket in the aforementioned blocks. 

We'll be publishing live text commentary of the encounter on our twitter feed and the match centre on mansfieldtown.net will contain Opta-populated updates.

To access our twitter feed, head to twitter.com/mansfieldtownfc. The match centre can be accessed here, or by clicking the link on the home page on Saturday afternoon. 

Furthermore, iFollow Stags subscribers will be able to listen to full-match commentary of the clash, courtesy of commentators Martin Shaw and Dean Foulkes. 

A report of the match will be published on www.mansfieldtown.net after the game and full reaction will be available to view on mansfieldtown.net and iFollow Stags.


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