Posh travel to stadium: mk to face Milton Keynes Dons.
Peterborough United renew their rivaly with Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday as Grant McCann takes his side to stadium: mk for a Sky Bet League One fixture (3pm).
It has been a rivalry that has intensified as the years have progressed with the play-off meetings in 2011 still fresh in the memory of Posh supporters.
McCann played a key role in that successful campaign, scoring the penalty to get Posh back in the contest in the away leg and then opening the scoring with a free-kick in the return fixture at the ABAX.
"We have had some good battles with them over the years. It is always a great game. We always take a lot of supporters to stadium: mk and that creates a wonderful atmosphere. We need to go there and stamp our authority on the game, we are looking forward to it and it will be another good test for us.
"It is really important. The boys knew straight after the cup tie with Swansea how important this game with MK Dons is. It is important for the fans and everyone connected with the club. We have both made similar starts to the league campaign and are both out of the EFL Cup.
"I met Karl Robinson a few weeks ago and it is great what they have achieved there. It took them a while to get into the Championship, but they got there and worked so hard to stay there, so it would have been disappointing to suffer relegation last term.
"Karl is a young manager, he has been in the game for seven or eight years and it is someone I look up to. With hard work and dedication you can go a long way. I think he has even tried to sign me a few times," McCann said.
The Posh boss welcomes back defender Jack Baldwin from suspension and confirmed that goalkeeper Ben Alnwick is fit after a slight hamstring injury kept him out of the defeat to Swansea.
Ryan Tafazolli is set to play an hour in the Checkatrade Trophy clash with Norwich City at the ABAX Stadium on Tuesday night but won't be involved against the Dons.
Brad Inman and Lee Angol are long term absentees while McCann confirmed there are one or two bumps and bruises that remain in the camp.
Dons boss Karl Robinson said: "Peterborough are a very good side and we know that we will need to perform. Grant McCann is a winner and he will want to come here and get the three points, but we want to pick up our first win here at stadium: mk. We are looking forward to it."
The Dons made a host of changes for the EFL Cup tie at Reading on Tuesday night but should be close to full strength for the clash.
Posh lost the last encounter at stadium: mk 3-0 in a game that saw manager Darren Ferguson lose his job. Posh had won the earlier clash at the ABAX 3-2 and have won three out of the last four meetings between the two sides.
Posh had sold over 1,200 tickets in advance for the game. Tickets are available at www.theposhtickets.com, via the Ticketmaster hotline 0844 847 1934* and in person at the ABAX Stadium Box Office until 3pm on Friday.
The game is not all-ticket and fans can pay cash at the turnstiles.
*calls cost 7ppm plus your network access fee.