Peterborough United host Oxford United at the ABAX Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm).
Peterborough United return to Sky Bet League One action at the ABAX Stadium on Saturday (3pm) looking to make it three successive home victories in a row with Pep Clotet’s Oxford United providing the opposition.
Grant McCann’s side go into the game sitting in third place in the table following Tuesday night’s narrow 3-2 defeat at Oldham Athletic while Oxford suffered a shock 3-0 defeat on the road at struggling Bury.
Posh are without the services of striker Junior Morias who will be out for up to five months with a ruptured thigh muscle sustained at Boundary Park in midweek. Anthony Grant returns from a one-match suspension and is available for selection but Gwion Edwards is expected to miss out with a groin injury. Callum Chettle is nearing full fitness.
Oxford boss Clotet could make changes to the line-up following that defeat to the Shakers with Joe Rothwell and Jack Payne both pushing for recalls after dropping down to the substitutes bench at Gigg Lane with Alex Mowatt given a start.
“Losing Junior is a blow, but it gives others the chance to stake their claim for a first team slot and that is why we have a good squad. We are looking forward to the game, Oxford have had a slow start, but they have a lot of talented players and they will cause problems, but it is about what we do and we are concentrating on ourselves.”
FROM THE OPPOSITION
Peterborough are a tough challenge. They can play a few ways and are very dangerous going forward so we cannot leave ourselves vulnerable by being very open. It’s about focussing on how we play.
“We have done a lot of good things this season. We have the same points that we had at this stage last season and I did a little bit of research after the lads told me that Millwall were in exactly this position last season, coming from three defeats in a row. They ended up winning promotion and it shows the nature of this league- anyone can beat anyone and I have plenty of trust in the quality of our players.”
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Saturday’s match referee is Tom Nield.
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