Luton vs Rochdale preview
Last Updated: 01/03/19 12:11pm
League One leaders Luton will check on the fitness of Luke Berry ahead of their home game against Rochdale.
The midfielder has missed the last two matches because of a hamstring problem, so he continues to be assessed. If Berry remains unavailable, George Moncur is likely to continue at the tip of the midfield diamond as the Hatters look to extend a record 21-game unbeaten run in League One which stretches back to mid-October.
Forward Kazenga LuaLua is fit again and pushing for a recall, giving Luton boss Mick Harford a decision to make about the inclusion of Danny Hylton - who has not scored in 16 matches.
Rochdale will be without the suspended Ethan Ebanks-Landell. The defender, on loan from Wolves, was sent off during the 5-1 defeat to Plymouth and he must serve a one-match ban.
Stephen Dooley and Rory Holden were both substituted at half-time at Home Park but they were withdrawn for tactical reasons rather than injury and remain available for selection this weekend. Kgosi Ntlhe and Ollie Rathbone are still injured for Rochdale, who have lost eight of their last 10 league games.
Luton are winless in five league games against Rochdale, last gaining victory against them in the third tier of English Football in April 1970 (2-1).
Rochdale have beaten Luton just once in six Football League visits to Kenilworth road (D1 L4), doing so in the fourth tier back in October 2001 (0-1).
Luton are currently on the longest unbeaten league run across the top four tiers of English Football (P21 W16 D5 L0), last suffering defeat at the hands of Barnsley back in October 2018 (2-3).
Rochdale have conceded 4+ goals on nine occasions in League One during 2018-19 - at least four more than any other side across the top four tiers of English Football this season.
Ian Henderson (16 goals) has scored 38% of Rochdale's 42 League One goals this campaign - the highest percentage of any player for a side in the division.