Our build-up to the FA Cup fourth round starts with the facts and figures you need, including statistical information on our visitors from Bedfordshire...
Chelsea vs Luton head to head
Chelsea will meet Luton in the FA Cup for the fourth time, and the first for 27 years.
Ian Porterfield and David Pleat were in charge the last time the sides met at Stamford Bridge in August 1991, in the old First Division. The Blues ran out 4-1 winners with our goals coming from Graeme Le Saux, Andy Townsend, Kerry Dixon and Dennis Wise.
Luton’s last victory at the Bridge was in September 1986, also in the First Division.
Luton Town assistant manager and chief recruitment officer Mick Harford scored our first ever Premier League goal, against Oldham in his one season with us in 1992/93.
Previous FA Cup meetings
1926/27 Third Round
Chelsea 4-0 Luton Town - Stamford Bridge
1934/35 Third Round
Chelsea 1-1 Luton Town - Stamford Bridge
Luton Town 2-0 Chelsea - Kenilworth Road (replay)
Chelsea 2-0 Luton Town - Wembley
Last time we met
CHELSEA 2 LUTON TOWN 0
FA Cup Semi-Final, Wembley, 09.04.94, 5pm
Chelsea (4-1-2-1-2): Kharine; Clarke, Kjeldbjerg, Johnsen, Sinclair; Newton; Burley (Barnard 41), Wise; Peacock; Spencer, Cascarino
Scorers: Peacock 12, 47
Manager: Glenn Hoddle
Luton Town (4-1-3-1-1): Sommer; Linton (Hartson 66), Peake, Dreyer, James; Harper; Telfer, Preece, Hughes; Oakes; Dixon
Manager: David Pleat
Referee: Roger Dilkes
Chelsea are hoping to progress to the FA Cup fifth round for the 23rd time in 26 attempts.
Since our home defeat to Bayern Munich last February, Frank Lampard’s side have only lost two of our 20 matches at Stamford Bridge, winning 13 of them.
The last team from a lower division to beat the Blues in the FA Cup was Bradford City in the fourth round in 2015. The Bantams were sixth in League One at the time and ended our run of 12 successive home victories by winning 4-2 at Stamford Bridge.
Our 1-0 defeat away to Barnsley in 2008 was the last time we lost to a Championship side in the FA Cup.
Since Frank Lampard became Chelsea head coach he has given eight Academy players their first team debut: Mason Mount, Billy Gilmour, Reece James, Marc Guehi, Ian Maatsen, Tino Anjorin, Tariq Lamptey and Armando Broja.
Luton Town stats
Best seasons in the FA Cup
Runners-up - 1958/59
Semi-finalists - 1984/85, 1987/88, 1993/94
Championship - 19th
FA Cup - Third Round
League Cup - Third Round
Top scorer all competitions - James Collins (14)
This season's stats (all competitions): 29 games, 26 goals
Most starts - Sonny Bradley 26, Glen Rea 22, Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu 22
Top scorers - James Collins 9, George Moncur 3, six players on two
Luton are appearing in the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time in eight years.
Since their semi-final defeat at Wembley to Chelsea in 1994 the Hatters have only reached the fifth round once, when they lost 3-0 to Millwall at Kenilworth Road in 2013.
Luton last defeated a Premier League side in the competition in 2012/13 when they beat Norwich in the fourth round.
They have played Man Utd at home in the Carabao Cup earlier this season and lost 3-0.
The Hatters' win at Bournemouth at the weekend was their first on the road for seven games (four defeats) since 4 November.
On Wednesday, Luton lost to the only goal at Brentford. It was their second defeat in all competitions since Boxing Day, winning the other three.
Nathan Jones’ side are 13th in the Championship with 33 points from 25 games, nine points from the play-off positions.
In the third round, Luton beat fellow Championship side Reading 1-0 with George Moncur scoring the only goal.
Their manager Nathan Jones will take charge of a side against Chelsea for the first time.
Luton's FA Cup third round tie
Saturday 9 January 2021
Luton Town 1 Reading 0
Team 4-3-3: Sluga; Bree (Clark 58), Osho, Potts (c), Galloway (Norrington-Davies 74); Tunnicliffe, Morrell, Moncur; Lee (Berry 74), Hylton, Nombe (LuaLua 81)
Scorer: Moncur 30
Luton’s Tom Lockyer was suspended for his red card on Wednesday against Brentford for violent conduct, but it was subsequently overturned on appeal so he can play.
Yellow cards only count in the competition they are received. In the FA Cup, two yellow cards will result in a one match suspension. The cut-off point is the quarter-finals, so no player can miss the final through cumulative yellows.
FA Cup bookings list:
Luton: Hylton 1
Referee and VAR
Referee: David Coote
VAR: Peter Bankes
David Coote is refereeing Chelsea for the second time this season. He was the official for our 3-0 win at Turf Moor against Burnley in October.