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Paolo's Posh Preview: Burton Albion

Peterborough United face another trip on the road as they travel to Burton Albion in a League One fixture today, kick-off at 3pm
After a 0-0 draw with Oxford, Posh will be keen to get all three points at Burton Albion

Posh's six-game winning run came to an end on Tuesday night as they drew 0-0 with Oxford United, but Darren Ferguson’s men remain at the top of League One, three points above second-placed Hull City.

The league leaders will welcome Hull City on Tuesday as they look to extend their gap at the top but first will have to overcome an in-form Burton Albion side on Saturday.

Team news and predicted line-up

Posh were dealt a massive injury blow on Tuesday night as Ferguson revealed that midfielder Jack Taylor has suffered a hamstring problem and will be out for the next five to six weeks.

Jonson Clarke-Harris is 50/50 to play against Burton after picking up an ankle injury at Oxford, Ferguson confirmed in his pre-match interview.

He also confirmed that he might take the opportunity to make a few changes on Saturday, especially with several other first-teamers nursing knocks.

Mo Eisa, Ricky-Jade Jones, Harrison Burrows, Niall Mason and Louis Reed could all be in contention to face Burton after not being involved in the last few games.

Predicted line-up: Pym; Ward, Mason, Kent, Beevers, Butler; Hamilton, Reed, Szmodics; Eisa and Dembele

Opposition view

Don’t let Burton Albion's position in the table fool you. Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink’s side has been one of the most in-form teams in League One in the last eight games, picking up six wins to climb them from the root of the table to 18th.

The Brewers have turned their fortunes around over the past month, but their home form is something to encourage Posh players. Burton has only picked up 14 points out of a possible 45, the fourth-lowest in the league, compared to their away form, which has seen Burton pick up valuable victories against Charlton Athletic and Rochdale.

Burton Albion will be unable to play Posh loanee Ryan Broom who is ineligible as he is on-loan at the Pirelli Stadium.

Speaking ahead of the match, Ferguson knows this will not be a straightforward game for Posh. He said: "It is quite a tight pitch and Burton are a high energy team, so first and foremost, we need to match those levels, but I have confidence the players can do that. Physically they look good and continue to end games strongly.

"I have watched a number of Burton’s recent performances and they have been very good, they are tough to break down, very well organised and a threat. They are one of the in-form teams in the division, so we are under no illusion that it will be a tough test for us."

Previous meeting

Kane Hemmings’ brace at the Weston Homes Stadium stopped Posh five-game winning run when these two sides met earlier in the season.

Clarke-Harris opened the scoring for Posh when he headed in Frankie Kent’s volley from 10 yards out, which was his fifth goal of the season at the time. Burton drew level just on the half an hour mark after Indiana Vassilev cross was flicked onto Hemmings, who curled in from inside the area.

Joe Ward reinstated the hosts lead three minutes in the second half when Clarke-Harris failed to convert from the penalty, but Ward was there to follow up.

Then, on the hour mark, Hemmings’ grabbed his double of the evening when he put in a rebound after Vassilev’s effort hit the post.

Ryan Broom had a glorious chance to nick the three points for Posh but fired over from close range.

That was the third consecutive draw between these two sides, with Posh still unbeaten against Burton Albion in six games.

Last five meetings

Posh 2-2 Burton Albion – Oct 2020

Posh 3-3 Burton Albion – Sep 2020 (EFL Trophy)

Burton Albion 1-1 Posh – Feb 2020

Posh 1-0 Burton Albion – Nov 2019

Posh 3-1 Burton Albion – May 2019

Peterborough Matters prediction

This will be a crucial game for Posh, especially for the players out of starting eleven who could be given the opportunity to start with Posh nursing a few knocks. However, with Burton Albion in good form and Jack Taylor, and possibly Clarke-Harris missing, it will be tight contest at the Pirelli Stadium.

Burton Albion 1-2 Posh