After starting the campaign in electric form and going unbeaten in their first 15 matches, Bournemouth then went on a six-game winless run that has made their position in the Championship top two far less secure; they are currently only three points ahead of third-placed Blackburn Rovers.
Scott Parker’s side have got back on track in recent weeks, though, and finished 2021 with back-to-back league wins for the first time in two months by beating Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff City.
The Cherries avoided an upset in the FA Cup last weekend as they won 3-1 away at non-league Yeovil Town, with Emiliano Marcondes scoring a hat-trick.
Bournemouth’s next four matches are all against sides currently in the Championship bottom half, so they have a chance to build some momentum again.
The south coast outfit beat Luton 2-1 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, but have only been victorious on one of their last six trips to Kenilworth Road.
Due to fixtures being postponed, Luton have not played in the Championship since a 1-1 draw against Fulham on December 11.
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That will be a warning to Bournemouth that the hosts can compete with the best sides in the division, but Nathan Jones’s team have only won once in their last six matches.
It is a run that has seen the Hatters slip away from playoff contention and they are now 11 points behind the top six but with as many as four games in hand over teams above them.
Luton eased to a comfortable 4-0 victory at home against League Two side Harrogate Town in the FA Cup last weekend, but are winless in their last three league matches at Kenilworth Road