Yeovil Town travel to play Luton Town tomorrow afternoon for a New Year's Day game that kicks off at Kenilworth Road at 3.00pm. The match represents the last of Yeovil's Christmas fixture schedule with Saturday's match against Walsall having already been pushed back to January 8th due to the FA Cup Third Round taking place that weekend.
Luton are also in that competition, with Liverpool their hosts, meaning that many of those who turn up to the ground tomorrow will have the big match on their minds and doubtless their manager Kevin Blackwell will be doing his best to ensure his players stay focused on their club's main priority.
Luton currently lie in 21st place in the table and so are currently fighting a relegation battle. However, that fact masks the point that were it not for a 10 point deduction for going into administration, the Hatters would be five points behind the Glovers with a game in hand. Furthermore, their record of seven wins out of 10 games at Kenilworth Road can only be bettered by one club in the division - Leeds United. For all of their woes off the field, only a fool would under-estimate their position on the field.
The Hatters go into the match without three key players, in part due to their Boxing Day match against Bristol Rovers that saw three players dismissed from the field for various offences. Chris Coyne and Anthony Grant are in the middle of suspensions, whilst Sam Parkin (ankle) will also be missing.
For the Glovers, Lee Peltier will not be involved, following his (hopefully temporary) return to Liverpool after a highly successful half-season loan. Ritchie Jones also exits to Manchester United, even if his loss will matter little to manager Russell Slade's team selection plans. It is hoped that Darren Way will fill the gap left by Peltier, although this will also be the last game of Way's planned spell with the Glovers, along with Charlton striker James Walker. Otherwise, with Marvin Williams and Marc Bircham having completed highly satisfactory substitute appearances on Saturday, it is only long term absentee Lee Morris (knee) and club captain Terry Skiverton (suspended) missing from the squad.
The two sides cancelled each other out at Huish Park earlier this season, with a 0-0 draw, and the Glovers will hope for that as a minimum as they seek to take advantage of a top eight that, bar Swansea City, has bunched up radically over the weekend.
If you haven't got a ticket, we think that the all-ticket status on this match has been revoked. Unofficial reports suggest that there will be a cash turnstile open at the away end for tomorrow's game, although if you are travelling from a significant distance then you may wish to phone in advance just to make sure. See our earlier news item for more details, as the club have not officially confirmed this.
Kick-off at Kenilworth Road will be at 3.00pm and for those not travelling, BBC Somerset will have live commentary on 95.5FM with Drew Savage and Chris Spittles providing the usual coverage.
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