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Paolo's Posh Preview - Bristol Rovers

Peterborough United welcome Bristol Rovers to the Weston Homes Stadium tonight for some League One action, kick-off at 7pm.
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It's a game under the lights tonight - but how will Posh fare against Bristol Rovers? (Photo: Nick Reinis)

Posh rounded off an excellent week by picking up nine points out of a possible nine after a narrow 1-0 victory over Ipswich Town.

Jonson Clarke-Harris skied a penalty in the first half, but Darren Ferguson’s men had luck on their side, as Mark McGuinness scuffed his clearances past Tomas Holy to give Posh the game.

That victory keeps Posh within touching distance of top spot, three points behind Hull City with a game-in-hand, but Peterborough will want to maintain their excellent run of form, unbeaten in five games, when they welcome Bristol Rovers this evening.

Team news and predicted line-up:

Unsurprisingly, Ferguson only made one change against Ipswich Town on Saturday, as Idris Kanu replaced the injured Joe Ward. The right-back, who suffered a minor injury against MK Dons, is expected to return to face Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.

Ronnie Edwards returned to full training this week following a lengthy spell in self-isolation but is unlikely to be involved tomorrow night.

Reece Brown and Jack Taylor returned as the starting pair in midfield on Saturday, however, Ethan Hamilton’s recent good performances could see him force his way back into the starting eleven.

Predicted line-up: Pym; Kanu, Thompson, Beevers, Kent, Butler; Hamilton, Taylor, Szmodics; Dembele and Clarke-Harris

Opposition view:

Recent form: LLLWL

Bristol Rovers will travel to the Weston Homes Stadium not in a great run of form, winning only once in their previous five fixtures. They currently sit in 18th, above the relegation zone on goal difference.

Paul Tisdale’s men were beaten 2-0 by in-form Oxford United at the weekend after two goals by Matty Taylor in either half. Bristol Rovers have only won on the road three times in 11 games, conceding 17 goals, which doesn't bode well for facing the best home record in League One.

Some familiar faces too: Jack Baldwin, who spent four years at the club and formerly captained his Posh side, and goalkeeper Joe Day, who had a three-year spell at the Weston Homes Stadium, will be welcomed back as part of the Bristol Rovers team. Erhun Oztumer will also return to Posh, nearly five years after leaving the club, as he’s currently on-loan at Bristol Rovers from Charlton Athletic.

Previous meeting:

These two sides have already met in the 2020/21 season back in early November, as Posh ran out 2-0 winners on a cold, windy night in Bristol.

Jack Taylor opened the scoring for Ferguson’s side, firing an unstoppable right-footed strike into the roof of the net from 25 yards after being nicely picked out by Sikri Dembele.

On the eve of Guy Fawkes Night, Dan Butler produced his very own firework, striking a left-footed shot into the top corner from outside the box.

The victory at Memorial Stadium saw Posh maintained as league leaders at the time, and the club will be hoping three points tonight can see them close the gap at the top of the table.

PeterboroughMatters prediction:

Posh are in excellent form at the moment and rounded off a perfect week by beating promotion rivals Ipswich Town on Saturday. Ferguson’s men currently have the best League One home record in the 20/21 season, winning eight games out of a possible 10, so anything less than three points against Bristol Rovers will be seen as a disappointment.

Posh 2-0 Bristol Rovers