Peterborough United travel to Cambridge United on Tuesday evening in the final group game of the Checkatrade Trophy (7.45pm)
Grant McCann’s men can secure their passage into the knockout stages of the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night in the simplest terms, by coming away from Cambs Glass Stadium with a victory, however other permutations can also ensure that Posh reach the latter stages of the competition.
Of course, more importantly for the supporters, local pride is at stake. The two sides have not met in competitive action since December 2001 when the two sides played out a goalless draw at the Abbey Stadium.
Manager Grant McCann is only without the services of striker Junior Morias, who remains side-lined with a thigh injury. The Posh boss confirmed that he won’t risk anyone who is not fully fit for the contest.
Cambridge have made a whole host of changes for previous games in this competition and were in action on Sunday against Sutton United in the Emirates FA Cup so it is likely they will make a number of personnel changes to their starting XI.
“It is the first time that we have played Cambridge in a competitive fixture for about 15 years and it is a game that we are looking forward too. I have been informed that we have sold around 1,000 tickets for the game and that is fantastic support. We are going there to try and win the game. That is our aim, to try and progress in this competition.”
FROM THE OPPOSITION
“This is a derby and that is exactly how we will be treating it. It’s first game between Cambridge and Peterborough in over 16 years, so this is bigger than the Checkatrade Trophy. The Derby is a game which means so much too so many people. It will be a great evening to be involved in and we're really looking forward to it.”
The game is all-ticket and tickets will be on sale until noon on match day at the ABAX Stadium Box Office, online at www.theposhtickets.com and via the Ticketmaster hotline 0844 847 1934 (calls cost 7ppm plus your network access fee). Around 1,000 have already been sold out of a total allocation of 1,400.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Gavin Ward is the match referee for the game.