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Luton Town Premier League 2023/24 season preview

Newly-promoted Luton Town will be aiming to cause a stir in the top flight as they prepare to compete in the Premier League for the very first time.

Manager: Rob Edwards
Stadium: Kenilworth Road
Captain: Tom Lockyer
Top league scorer last season: Carlton Morris (20)
Last season's finish: 3rd (Promoted)

Luton Town 2023/24 odds


To Finish in Top Half - 20/1
To Finish in Bottom Half - 1/66
Not to be Relegated - 9/4
To be Relegated - 1/3
To Finish Bottom - 11/8

Luton Town's 2022/23 performance

Having competed in the third tier of English football as recently as 2019, Luton were able to pull off a footballing fairytale last term as they achieved promotion to the Premier League for the first time in the club's history following a dramatic penalty shootout victory in the play-off final against Coventry at Wembley,

Beginning the campaign under the auspices of Nathan Jones, Luton were forced to find a new manager mid-season after the Welshman made the move to Southampton in November.

In stepped Rob Edwards, with the former Forest Green and Watford boss breathing new life into the Hatters who enjoyed an outstanding second half of the season to finish third in the Championship table to book a place in the play-offs.

Ending the Championship campaign on a stunning 14-match unbeaten run, the fearless Luton were able to carry this momentum into the play-offs where they edged past Sunderland in the semi-finals before overcoming fellow overachievers Coventry in the Wembley showpiece.

Luton Town 2023/24 prospects

With a squad that was one of the most cheaply assembled in the Championship last term, defying the odds to achieve promotion, it goes without saying that Rob Edwards will have his work cut out to keep Luton in the Premier League.

This Luton side are used to surpassing expectations, however, and their physical and dynamic style of play within a well-structured 5-3-2 formation should ensure they prove awkward customers in the top flight.

Much has been made of the modest nature of Luton's home stadium Kenilworth Road acting as a leveller, with the Hatters' first home match of the season against Burnley forced to be postponed as upgrades to the venue continue, but the Hatters were an almost equally effective force on the road last term.

Winning the same number of matches home and away in the Championship last term - 11 - this energetic Luton side have demonstrated they are capable of causing teams problems on their travels and don't simply rely on picking up points at their compact home ground.

Luton are particularly dangerous from set-piece situations with a squad made up of a number of aerially dominant and uncompromising players such as Tom Lockyer and Elijah Adebayo, and the Hatters scored 16 of their 57 league goals (28%) last season from set plays.

It's therefore clear that Luton have enough about them to make life uncomfortable for their opponents in the Premier League, it just remains to be seen to what extent they are able to compete against players who will undeniably possess superior technical prowess.

Luton Town manager - Rob Edwards

Taking charge at Luton in November following the departure of the popular Nathan Jones to Southampton, Rob Edwards has been able to continue the fine work of the Welshman whilst putting his own stamp on the squad at his disposal.

Installed as Luton manager just two months after being sacked 10 league matches into his tenure as rivals Watford's boss, 40-year-old Edwards arrived with a point to prove at Kenilworth Road with the Hatters sat just below the play-off places in 10th.

First impressing as a manager at Forest Green Rovers who he guided to the League Two title in 2021, the former Wales international defender opted not to tinker too much with the shape and style of play employed by his predecessor Jones to great success, but rather make minor adjustments where necessary.

An articulate and ambitious young coach, Edwards was able to inspire his Luton charges to a sensational run of form in the second half of the season, culminating in the club's fairytale promotion to the promised land of the Premier League with victory in the play-off final at Wembley.

Edwards will now be hoping to elevate his managerial stock further in the Premier League, where his wits will be pitted against some of the finest tactical minds in the game.

Luton Town Key Player - Tom Lockyer

Club captain Tom Lockyer was voted Luton Town's Player of the Season last term as an instrumental figure at the heart of the side's well-organised back three set up. 

Wales international Lockyer's season was to end in traumatic circumstances, however, with the 28 year-old forced to watch his teammates claim glory in the penalty shootout victory in the play-off final against Coventry from a hospital bed after suffering a health scare in the first half.

Thankfully for Luton and everybody associated with Lockyer, the defender has made a full recovery and will be fit to play a leading role as the Hatters seek to hold their own in the Premier League in the new season.

Lockyer is very much the embodiment of what this Luton side are all about - assured, determined and full-blooded - with manager Rob Edwards likely to lean heavily on his captain's influence to help steer his charges in the right direction in the Premier League.

Luton Town One to Watch - Elijah Adebayo

One of a number of this Luton squad to have worked their way up the footballing pyramid, Elijah Adebayo has been a key part of Luton's success story since signing from League Two outfit Walsall in 2021.

At 6ft 4in tall, Adebayo is a physical forward capable of bullying defenders, but he also possesses the dynamism to run the channels and football brain to bring his teammates into play effectively.

This mixture of size, strength, mobility and awkwardness could allow Adebayo to ruffle a few feathers against Premier League defences unlikely to be overly used to contending with a forward with his unique combination of attributes.

Although Adebayo has proven a trustworthy source of goals at Kenilworth Road, hitting 28 in his two-and-a-half seasons with the club, he was utilised most effectively as a foil for Luton's main man in attack last term Carlton Morris who bagged 20 in the Championship.

At 25 years old, Adebayo still has room to grow in his career, and the Englishman will no doubt be backing himself to kick on in the top flight and emerge as one of the breakout players of the upcoming Premier League season.

Luton Town transfers



  • Tahith Chong (Birmingham City - £4m)
  • Mads Andersen (Barnsley - £3m)
  • Chiedozie Ogbene (Rotherham - Free)
  • Issa Kabore (Man City - Loan)


  • Sonny Bradley (Derby - Free)
  • Harry Isted (Charlton - Free)
  • Jack Walton (Dundee United - Loan)
  • Elliot Thorpe (Shrewsbury - Loan)
  • Henri Lansbury (End of contract)

Luton Town potential XI

(3-5-2): Shea, Osho, Lockyer (c), Bell, Kabore, Nakamba, Ruddock Mpanzu, Clark, Doughty, Adebayo, Morris.

Luton Town opening fixtures


Luton Town's opening six Premier League fixtures for the 2023/24 season are as follows:

  • 12th August - Brighton (A)
  • 25th August - Chelsea (A)
  • 1st September - West Ham (H)
  • 16th September - Fulham (A)
  • 23rd September - Wolves (H)
  • 30th September - Everton (A)

Luton Town - last five seasons

The below table illustrates Brentford's league finishes over the past five seasons:

SeasonLeague finish
2022/233rd (Championship)
2021/226th (Championship)
2020/2112th (Championship)
2019/2019th (Championship)
2018/191st (League One)

View all Luton Town Premier League 2023/24 odds

Odds correct at time of publishing and subject to change.

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