Posh welcome Blackpool to the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday.
Peterborough United return to the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm) with Blackpool the opponents in Sky Bet League One action as Darren Ferguson’s men look to bounce back from last weekend’s disappointing 2-0 defeat at Crewe Alexandra.
Posh remain top of the table and are hopeful of keeping up their excellent home record, which has seen no side leave PE2 with all three points in league action all calendar year. Posh have only played five league games at home so far this season but with back to back games against Blackpool and then Plymouth on Tuesday evening, as well as next Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup tie with Chorley, there are plenty of opportunities to take advantage of home comforts.
Blackpool arrive in form after three successive victories as they look to live up to their pre-season tag of play-off hopefuls. They are managed by former Liverpool coach Neil Critchley.
Posh are without the services of experienced defender Nathan Thompson due to hamstring injury, but he is expected to be fit for the cup tie with Chorley, if selected. Ricky-Jade Jones is a week ahead of schedule as his rehabilitation continues from a leg injury – he is due to be back on grass in training on the 12th December.
Meanwhile, young attacking midfielder Flynn Clarke suffered a hamstring injury in the midweek reserve team friendly success over Southend United at the Mick George Training Academy. Sam Cartwright and Harrison Burrows netted in the win, but Clarke was forced off after complaining of tightness in his hamstring and could be out for up to four weeks.
The Seasiders have had to do without a host of players in recent weeks due to injuries and suspensions. Ben Woodburn has also been unavailable for the last two weeks as he self-isolated after testing positive for Covid-19. One-man Blackpool won’t be able to call upon this weekend is Matty Virtue, who continues to recover from a hamstring injury. While he’s still some way away from returning, the midfielder is making good progress.
FROM THE GAFFER
“Blackpool made quite a few signings during the close season and they have plenty of attacking options. They have good pace in wide areas and at times play with four attacking players. They have won the last three games and sometimes it takes a little while to build momentum with a new team. For us, we want to bounce back from last week. We have had a good week of training and we look forward to the home games to come,” Darren Ferguson said.
FROM THE OPPOSITION
“We have had a number of first team players unavailable through injury and suspension, so we are beginning to get bodies back. Keshi Anderson played in the EFL Trophy in midweek and comes into contention, as does Ben Woodburn,” Neil Critchley said.
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MAN IN THE MIDDLE
The match referee is Ollie Yates.