Luton Town vs Aston Villa – Premier League: Live score, team news and updates as Unai Emery’s side look to strengthen grip on final Champions League place


Follow Mail Sport’s live blog for the latest score, team news and updates as Aston Villa travel to Kenilworth Road to take on Luton Town.

Last time out

Look away now, Luton fans – that’s if the first iteration of this fixture doesn’t loom large in your memory.

It was no night to remember for Edwards’ players, encountering a Villa side at their confident best. 3-1 was the final scoreline at Villa Park, but the hosts might have felt as if the result didn’t fully flatter them.

You can reminisce with Tom Collomosse’s report below.

Unai Emery: We ‘appreciate’ Luton’s style

The Spanish manager is expecting a toughie on the road – which of course, he would say – and he’s prepped his players for the demands of Rob Edwards’ side.

(We expect the match to be) very, very difficult. It is a very demanding match in 90 minutes. Even they were losing 3-0 to Man City and they scored two goals. Even when they were losing to Liverpool at home against Chelsea, they scored two goals and they had chances to draw the match.

This is our opponent and analysing them my respect has increased. Really, I appreciated them how they are playing.

File photo dated 03-02-2024 of Aston Villa manager Unai Emery, who says his respect for this weekend's Premier League opponents Luton grows every time he watches them. Issue date: Friday March 1, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Villa. Photo credit should read Bradley Collyer/PA Wire.

The small matter of the 3pm kick-offs

While we count down to this evening’s fixture, why not keep yourself entertained with the business end of the myriad fixtures currently in play?

You can follow along with Mail Sport’s live coverage of the untelevised ties via the link below.

Going into this afternoon’s clash…

Aston Villa have the chance to strengthen their grip on that crucial fourth place spot after firming up the wobble in firm that plagued them at the start of the month. A brisk 4-2 defeat against Nottingham Forest – currently holding Liverpool to a draw – should have got the blood pumping last weekend, as they prepare to continue their adventure in Europe next week.

Luton are facing a mirror-image issue: after briefly smartening up and getting some points on the board, they’re sitting 18th after defeats to Sheffield United, Man United, and Liverpool.

Of course, their position in the race to stay up for another season will likely be impacted by potential punishments levied at Everton and Forest by the Premier League… but holding Villa at home would be a good start.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Natalie Mincher/SPP/Shutterstock (14363384bh) Birmingham, England, February 24th 2024: Leon Bailey (31 Aston Villa) celebrates scoring the fourth goal for Villa during the Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest at Villa Park in Birmingham, England  (Natalie Mincher/SPP) Premier League - Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest - Villa Park, Birmingham, England, February 24th 2024:, Birmingham, England, United Kingdom - 24 Feb 2024
Soccer Football - FA Cup - Fifth Round - Luton Town v Manchester City - Kenilworth Road, Luton, Britain - February 27, 2024 Luton Town manager Rob Edwards REUTERS/David Klein

Aston Villa could yet join the top-flight stars in Europe’s premier competition next season, but sharks have already started circling in a bid to lure away some of their biggest stars ahead of the summer transfer window.

Mail Sport’s TOM COLLOMOSSE has the latest below.

Somewhere over the rainbow

Doesn’t look like… the worst day for it in Luton.

Good afternoon!

Hello and welcome to Mail Sport’s live coverage of this afternoon’s Premier League showpiece clash, as Aston Villa travel to Kenilworth Road to face Luton Town.

Kick-off is at 5.30pm, but we’ll be bringing you team news and more as we build-up to this evening’s affair.