Posh travel to Vale Park to face Port Vale on Monday evening (8pm).
Peterborough United return to action after over two weeks without a fixture on Monday night with a trip to Port Vale in Sky Bet League One action (8pm) with the clash with the Valiants being televised live on Sky Sports.
It will be the first game in charge for Darren Ferguson in his fourth spell at the football club following the departure of Grant McCann last week. Posh could do the double over Vale after a 3-0 victory at the Weston Homes Stadium earlier in the campaign.
Port Vale have enjoyed a pretty good season to date following promotion last season and will go into the game in good form in League One action. They are very much in the shake up for a play-off position at this moment in time with 22 games to play.
Posh signed goalkeeper Will Norris on-loan until the end of the season from Sky Bet Championship leaders Burnley and he is expected to be between the sticks at Vale Park. Lucas Bergström has been away on international duty for Finland, making his debut for the senior side in a 2-0 defeat to Sweden earlier this week.
Oliver Norburn continues to make good progress from a serious injury but is unlikely to feature before the end of the month. Posh have two defensive injury concerns with scan results still awaited to determine the length of those injuries.
Port Vale could include former Posh Academy graduate Tom Conlon in their starting XI. He was an unused substitute in their recent win over Forest Green Rovers, but the talented left-sided midfielder player has appeared in sides particularly at home in recent weeks.
ONE TO WATCH
Ellis Harrison (pictured below) has good experience at League One level, having featured at Ipswich Town, Portsmouth, Fleetwood Town and Bristol Rovers. He hit the ground running under former manager Darrell Clarke, scoring eight goals in his first 18 appearances for the club. A hard-working front man, Harrison is a scorer of all types of goals, but comes alive in the six-yard box.
FROM THE GAFFER
“Port Vale are a very aggressive side, they are a good pressing side and they have been very good at home in front of their own supporters. They will feel they have had a good season at this level so far after promotion last term. For us, we are focussed on this game, our away form has been poor, we need to find momentum straight away and give the players the confidence they need moving forward and three points on Monday can make a massive difference to that,” Ferguson said.
Tickets will be on sale until noon on Monday at www.theposhtickets.com and via the Weston Homes Stadium Box Office. Posh had sold just under 200 tickets in advance of the fixture.
Overseas subscribers can watch all of the action on Posh+ with £10 match passes available. However, in the UK, only audio passes are available.
PLAYED FOR BOTH
Aside from the aforementioned Tom Conlon, there are no members of either squad that have played for the other, but there have been plenty of links down the years. Striker Tyrone Barnett (pictured below left), defender Sagi Burton (pictured below middle), front man Leon Constantine (pictured below right) and one-time loan left-back Tyler Denton are among those that have represented both clubs.
Other players include, Carl Griffiths, David Hibbert, Exodus Geohaghan, Idris Kanu, Justin Richards and full-back Lawrie Wilson can also count Posh and Port Vale on their footballing CV.
Junior Morias (pictured below) scored twice for Posh in a 3-0 win over Port Vale back in 2017 with Marcus Maddison also on target, moments after he had missed a penalty kick. You can watch the highlights here.
Posh will be wearing the black kit for the fixture.
If you can’t make the game, you can follow all of the action in a number of ways.
- Live match updates on our official Twitter feed @theposh.
- Behind the scenes coverage and updates on our official Instagram story.
- Keep up to date with minute-by-minute updates on our Live Match Centre here.
- Download the official Peterborough United app to get all of the action direct to your smartphone.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
The match referee is Peter Wright.