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Posh v Leicester City | Match Preview

A look ahead to Saturday's clash with Leicster City.

26 January 2018

Posh welcome Premier League opposition to the ABAX Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.

Peterborough United entertain Leicester City at the ABAX Stadium on Saturday lunchtime (12.30pm) in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup and a sell-out crowd is set to create a wonderful atmosphere inside the stadium.

Posh reached this stage of the competition following victories over Tranmere Rovers, Woking and Sky Bet Championship side Aston Villa while the Foxes progressed following a replay home win over League One side Fleetwood Town at the King Power Stadium.

The game is televised live by BT Sport and will also be available to listen to on BBC Five Live, Talksport and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

TEAM NEWS

Posh are without the injured Gwion Edwards (ankle) and the cup-tied Joe Ward and George Cooper, but the club are hopeful that Jack Marriott will overcome a knock to be involved. Leicester welcome back Robert Huth and Danny Simpson from injury. Both were key components of the Foxes Premier League title win.

Leicester boss Claude Puel has hinted he may rest some of his big names with a mid-week league fixture against Everton to look forward to. Jamie Vardy, Rihad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton are among the players that could sit out the tie.

MCCANN QUOTES

“We have to get on the front foot from the start. The plan is to play behind them, create chances and score goals. If you sit back against Premier League teams they will pick you off and beat you easily. I don’t want to die wondering, I want us to be brave and positive. If we do that we will soon have the ABAX Stadium rocking. It’s a wonderful stadium when it’s full and the fans are in full voice. I have never forgotten the League One play-off semi-final against MK Dons when the atmosphere generated by our fans helped us get through. “

Apparently this will be the first full house at our place since we played Leicester in a League One match a few years ago. And I have the players with the ability to carry out our plans. We need to get back to the levels of our Aston Villa performance in the third round to have a chance, but there is no doubt we can do it. These are the games all players want to take part in. I have no idea what team Leicester will field, but I do know it will be strong no matter who they pick. But it’s possible to bridge the gap in quality. Just look at how Bristol City performed over two legs against a strong Manchester City side in the League Cup. They caused problems by being positive. Fleetwood caused Leicester problems in the last round of the FA Cup by also being positive.”

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“We want to try to win both games (against Peterborough & Everton). It is important to give some rest to some players for the next game. But we are aware of Peterborough’s strengths. They play good football and they have a striker in form in Jack Marriott and a very talented attacking player in Marcus Maddison. They showed their standard in the last round at Aston Villa. We will have to play well to win.”

TICKET NEWS

The game will be a sell-out at the ABAX Stadium. Leicester fans will be accommodated in the Motorpoint Stand as well as the normal away accommodation in the Main Stand.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Michael Oliver.

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Foxes Too Strong For Poh

Posh knocked out of the cup at the ABAX Stadium.

27 January 2018

Anthony Grant in action against Leicester City Joe Dent / theposh.com
Anthony Grant in action against Leicester City

Posh beaten by Foxes after dominant display from the Premier League side at the ABAX S

Peterborough United’s Emirates FA Cup adventure came to an abrupt end as Premier League side Leicester City ran out 5-1 winners at the ABAX Stadium in front of over 13,000 supporters.

Grant McCann’s men were always up against it after finding themselves 2-0 down inside the opening 10 minutes and despite Andrew Hughes pulling a goal back at 3-1, the Foxes went on to make the game safe late on.

Foxes new signing Foussenu Diabate fired wide of the upright inside the opening four minutes at a blustery ABAX Stadium and goalkeeper Jonathan Bond was well placed to deny Iheanacho after his curler from 25-yards tested the shot-stopper.

Jack Marriott did well to close down keeper Hamer moments later but the ball rebounded out for a goal kick. However, at the other end on six minutes, the Foxes grabbed the lead as the debutant DIABATE toe-poked the ball past Bond from close-range.

The visitors doubled their lead on 10 minutes as IHEANACHO pounced on a poor Forrester pass and curled the ball past Bond from 20-yards. Maddison fired a free-kick from 30-yards over the crossbar on 13 minutes after Iborra was cautioned for a foul on Grant.

The Foxes made it 3-0 on 29 minutes and wrapped up their passage into round four with a fine volley from IHEANACHO from close-range after a wonderful left-wing centre from Fuchs. Diabate fired wide after Posh squandered possession on the edge of their own box.

Gray fired wide of the near post as the first half moved into two minutes of stoppage time. After a bright start to the second period, Posh pulled a goal back on 57 minutes with Andrew HUGHES squeezing a shot through the legs of keeper Hamer after a corner was only half cleared.

Posh made a change on the hour mark with Junior Morias replacing Da Silva Lopes. Leicester made a double change of their own shortly afterwards with Albrighton and Ndidi introduced from the substitutes bench.

Bond produced a fine stop to push a Diabate effort away from danger on 67 minutes, his first save of the actual cup tie. Gray saw a low effort deflect inches past the post on 69 minutes as Leicester pushed for a fourth goal.

Bond was in the right place to deny Gray again moments later after finding some room 30-yards from goal. Albrighton was a whisker away from the goal of the game on 75 minutes, his rasping drive just over the upright from 30-yards.

Marriott was denied by Hamer after a fine pass from Morias moments later as Posh created a half chance for the club’s top scorer. Bond then denied Albrighton by the near post after cutting inside onto his right foot.

Leicester made it 4-1 on 86 minutes as DIABATE got his second of the game, sending a shot into the roof of the net after Bond had denied Gray. The Foxes added a fifth in stoppage time when NDIDI scored from close-range.

Posh: Bond, Shephard, Hughes, Tafazolli, Forrester, Lloyd (sub Kanu 80min), Maddison (sub Borg 89min), Marriott, Da Silva Lopes (sub Morias 60min), Taylor, Grant. Unused subs: O’Malley, Baldwin, Penny, Doughty.

Leicester: Hamer, Simpson, Gray, Iheanacho (sub Chilwell 78min), Silva, Maguire, Iborra (sub Albrighton 64min), Fuchs, Benalouane, Barnes (sub Ndidi 64min), Diabate. Unused subs: Jakuovic, Huth, Vardy, Mahrez.

Half-time: Peterborough United 0-3 Leicester City
Full-time: Peterborough United 1-5 Leicester
Attendance: 13,193 (3,999 Leicester fans)

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