Luton Town’s new season will start at home to Birmingham City after the Championship fixtures were announced for the new campaign.
The Hatters’ first game of the 2022/23 season will see them play the Blues at Kenilworth Road on July 30th, as the Hatters seek an early shot at revenge against a side that beat Luton home and away by three goals or more in the two meetings last season.
Luton’s first away game takes place a week later and will also be their first match against one of the sides relegated from last season’s Premier League. That match sees Nathan Jones’ side travel to face Burnley at Turf Moor, for the first home game for new Burnley boss Vincent Kompany.
A busy August will see Luton then face Preston North End, back-to-back trips to Bristol City and Swansea, Sheffield United, and a visit to Cardiff, as well as a Carabao Cup First Round tie and potential Second Round tie if the first is conquered. The draw for the Carabao Cup takes place later today (23/06).
A big event in the fixture list will be Luton’s matches against Watford, which will have fans back after the two meetings in the 2020/21 season were held behind closed doors. The first meeting of the two local rivals is on October 22nd at Vicarage Road, with the return fixture scheduled for April Fool’s Day.
The Championship season will stop for the World Cup in 2022, although the second tier will return two weeks before the Premier League does. Luton’s season will go on pause after the weekend of Saturday November 12th, with the Hatters hosting Rotherham United in their last pre-World Cup fixture, before returning with a trip to Middlesbrough on the weekend of December 10th.
The Christmas period will see Luton host Norwich City on Boxing Day, with the Hatters’ final pre-Christmas assignment also being at home when they take on Millwall.
Luton’s final game of 2022 will see them visit QPR, while on New Year’s Day, they face a trip to play Huddersfield Town in their first visit to the John Smith’s Stadium since their defeat to Huddersfield in last season’s Championship play-offs.
Easter, meanwhile, sees Luton travel to Millwall on Good Friday before hosting Blackpool on Easter Monday.
The final game of the Championship season is on May 6th, and will see Luton wrap up the campaign at home to Hull City. The final away game is against Blackburn one week before.