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Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Hatters are well suited to Gateshead clash

Luton are up for the Cup

Luton goalkeeper Marek Stech
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Kick-offs 2pm Sunday

Luton boss Nathan Jones has promised to give the FA Cup his full attention and the Hatters should be rewarded with a second-round win at National League hosts Gateshead.

The Sky Bet League Two leaders travelled up for the game on Friday such was their determination to prepare properly, and that's no surprise given Jones sent out a strong side to beat Portsmouth in round one.

Striker James Collins is ruled out but Luton have scored 12 times in three matches since he was injured and Danny Hylton, Luke Berry and Elliot Lee should have more than enough firepower to overcome a side who are in the bottom half of the National League.

Luton have won five of their last six games in all competitions and are likely to be two divisions above Gateshead next season.

Former Newcastle man Steve Watson is in charge of Gateshead and they are sure to make it intimidating early on before Luton's quality should tell.

The Heed are missing suspended midfielder Russell Penn, while there are doubts over captain Neill Byrne and Luke Hannatt. 

Charlton boss Karl Robinson, formerly of MK Dons, is sure to get a rough ride once again from the Wimbledon supporters in their second-round tie, while there is a derby dust-up in another all-League One affair between Doncaster and Scunthorpe.

If there is to be an upset maybe it will come at Coventry, who are missing attacking bright spark Jodi Jones, a long-term injury victim,  against a Boreham Wood side unbeaten in 12.

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