Preview: Grimsby Town vs. Luton Town
After drawing 2-2 at Kenilworth Road, Grimsby Town and Luton will re-commence battle when they meet at Blundell Park in Tuesday’s FA Cup fourth-round replay.
The prize awaiting the winner is an away trip to St Mary’s to face Premier League side Southampton.
League Two outfit Grimsby are looking to eliminate another side from a higher division after beating three League One teams to progress to the fourth round.
Plymouth Argyle, Cambridge United and Burton Albion were all dispatched in the first three rounds, before they held Luton to a draw at the end of January.
Gavan Holohan gave Grimsby the lead before Elijah Adebayo equalised from the spot, and Luton turned the game on its head with Jordan Clarke’s 66th-minute effort, however, Luton’s lead lasted less than a minute, as Harry Clifton found an equalising goal to take the tie to a replay.
Paul Hurst’s side will head into Tuesday’s game in confident mood after cruising to a 3-0 away win over Crewe Alexandra thanks to goals from debutants George Lloyd and Thomas Dickson-Peters as well as a strike from John McAtee.
Grimsby have won their last two home games, and if they can claim another home victory on Tuesday, they will progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time since the 1992-93 season.
Luton Town are enjoying a successful championship campaign, sitting in fourth place and five points clear of those chasing from just outside the playoffs.
In their most recent outing, Luton extended their unbeaten to five games in all competitions by claiming a 1-0 home victory over Stoke City thanks to a sixth-minute strike from Pelly Ruddock-Mpanzu.
Rob Edwards’s side will put their league campaign on hold as they attempt to secure a place in the FA Cup fifth round for a second straight season.
The visitors head into the midweek contest in impressive away form after winning their last four competitive matches on their travels, scoring at least two goals in each of those victories.
If Luton can claim a cup victory on Tuesday, they will set up a meeting with their former manager Nathan Jones, who left the club to take over as Southampton boss in November.
Grimsby Town FA Cup form:
Grimsby Town form (all competitions):
Luton Town FA Cup form:
We say: Grimsby Town 1-2 Luton Town
Grimsby gave a good account of themselves at Kenilworth Road, and we expect the Mariners to produce another competitive performance on Tuesday, but we think that Luton’s Championship quality will shine through in the end.
Luton Town form (all competitions):