Posh travel to Cambridge United on Tuesday evening for final group fixture.
Peterborough United conclude the group stage of the newly named Papa John’s Trophy on Tuesday evening with a trip to local rivals Cambridge United (7pm) with the victors of this game securing home advantage in the first knockout round of the competition.
Both teams have already secured progress (the top two qualify) so there will be a host of changes for the U’s and Posh with Darren Ferguson confirming that he will make wholesale changes to his starting line-up.
Teenage front man Ricky-Jade Jones is out to a leg injury while defender Nathan Thompson is undergoing treatment after picking up an injury in the Emirates FA Cup first round success at Oxford United. Darren Ferguson is expected to rest all of his first team players that have featured in the league games so there will be opportunities for a number of Academy graduates including Harrison Burrows.
Cambridge are also expected to make numerous changes to this starting line-up with boss Mark Bonner commenting they will make the ‘maximum amount of changes they can make’. The U’s are flying in League Two and are the leading goal-scorers at that level with Paul Mullin the top scorer.
FROM THE GAFFER
“We want to win the game because we want to get a home tie in the knockout round of the competition, but it is a good opportunity to get minutes’ into players. We certainly won’t be risking anyone from the first team group who have played the majority of the league games this season,” Darren Ferguson said.
FROM THE OPPOSITION
“We want to be competitive tomorrow and be a winning team, but we also have to be aware that we don't want tomorrow's game to cause any more injury issues for us on a longer-term basis. We knew this little run of cup games would be a challenge, and we knew wanted to go into this game qualified already if we could. And we're pleased to have done that, winning the games with Fulham & Burton,” Cambridge boss Mark Bonner said.
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Posh will be wearing blue shirts, white shorts and blue socks for the game.
If the tie is level after 90 minutes, there will be a penalty shoot-out to determine who gets the bonus point and tops the group table.
The referee is John Busby.