Can Posh make it four Sky Bet League One wins in a row?
Peterborough United travel to stadium: mk to face Milton Keynes Dons in Sky Bet League One action on Saturday (3pm) looking to make it four league victories in a row and five successive wins in all competitions.
In contrast, the Dons have struggled for form and were beaten 1-0 by strugglers Plymouth Argyle at the weekend. However, despite their recent struggles, they are difficult opponents, particularly given the rivalry between the two sides, which has built due to the club’s recent battles in play-off games.
Posh could welcome back club captain Jack Baldwin from injury for the clash after the defender missed the last two games due to a hamstring injury. Baldwin was close to a return for the win at Bradford City but has been given an extra few days to recover with the games coming in quick succession.
Junior Morias is still ahead of schedule, but has been an unused substitute in the last two wins while Gwion Edwards is not too far away from a return following an ankle injury. He is expected to step up his rehabilitation soon.
MK Dons hope to have Scott Golbourne available for the visit of Posh. Golbourne, on loan from Bristol City, missed the 2-1 defeat to Rotherham on Saturday with a hip injury but is nearing a return while Callum Brittain could also be in line for a place in the squad after injury.
“We set a target of winning these five league games before the cup tie at Aston Villa and we have won three out of three, so our focus now turns to the fourth on Saturday. We played very well at Bradford and showed two sides of our game and that will be important.”
FROM THE OPPOSITION
At the time of writing the preview, MK Dons boss Robbie Nielson had not completed a pre-match press conference, but spoke after the defeat to Plymouth about handling the pressure of poor results; “We knew it would take a huge turnaround, and it hasn't been as quick as we expected. We wanted to turn things around in the summer and we could kick on, but it hasn't worked like that. We know there's still a huge job to do here.
"The reason I came here is because Pete (Winkelman) is such a secure character. He doesn't get swayed by what's going on elsewhere. We all know this is a big project, and it will take time. Of course we want things yesterday but that’s football. There has been a big turnaround in the squad, and the ethos of the club.”
Posh had sold over 1,000 tickets in advance for the game and tickets remain on sale at www.theposhtickets.com, via the Ticketmaster hotline 0844 847 1934 (calls cost 7ppm plus your network access fee) and in person at the ABAX Stadium, which is open on Thursday and Friday this week. Fans can pay on the day of the game and there is no ticket price increase.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Saturday’s referee is Charles Breakspear.