Posh host Cambridge United at the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm).
Peterborough United welcome local rivals Cambridge United to the Weston Homes Stadium in Sky Bet League One action on Saturday afternoon (3pm), the first time the two sides have met in league action in over 20 years, with the last meeting taking place in 2021.
Although both sides have met in pre-season friendly fixtures or EFL Trophy games, Saturday’s fixture has been eagerly anticipated by both sets of supporters with a sell-out crowd expected at the Weston Homes Stadium.
Posh go into the clash on the back of victories at Oxford Untied and against Accrington Stanley with Grant McCann’s men currently occupying fourth position in the table. Cambridge have been on a poor run of form, but turned that around in midweek with a deserved success away from home at Wycombe Wanderers.
Posh have received good news on the injury front with David Ajiboye back in training and Joe Ward and Ricky-Jade Jones described as having an ‘outside chance’ of being fit for the fixture. Harvey Cartwright, Emmanuel Fernandez and Oliver Norburn are out although centre back Fernandez is expected back in full training next week.
In regards to injury news for the weekend for the Us, a similar squad is expected - with the possible exception of Fejiri Okenabirhie, who went off with a potential hamstring injury. Greg Taylor is a possibility for the weekend after a concussion, whereas Harrison Dunk remains a 50/50.
ONE TO WATCH
Striker Joe Ironside (pictured below) is the one that leads from the front for the U’s and has become a hugely popular figure within the U’s fan-base. The 29-year-old has played predominantly in non-league during his career with spells at a number of clubs including Macclesfield Town, Kidderminster Harriers and Alfreton.
FROM THE GAFFER
“We recognise that this is a big game for the supporters, but for us, in-house, it is another game where three points are on offer. We said at the start of the week that we wanted to try and collect nine points from nine and we have six from the first two, so we are on track. However, we know that Cambridge have threats, just like everyone does in this division. They deserved to win at Wycombe in the week, they did a lot of things right on the day,” McCann said.
There are a handful of tickets remaining for the game, which are available at www.theposhtickets.com and via the Weston Homes Stadium Box Office. The Cambridge fans will be accommodated in the Deskgo Stand with 2,200 tickets sold. A crowd of in excess of 12,500 is expected for the game. Fans are urged to arrive early to allow safe entry into the stadium.
The game is available to watch on Posh+ and overseas with match passes available for £10. Audio passes are also available for £2.50.
PLAYED FOR BOTH
Nobody who is currently in the Cambridge squad has featured for Posh before and nobody in the Posh squad have featured for Cambridge, but down the years, there have been quite a few who have played for both Cambridgeshire clubs including Chris Turner (pictured below), who joined Posh from the U’s as a manager, but after a huge spell as a player in PE2, spent three years as a player at the Abbey Stadium towards the end of his career.
Defender Phil Chapple, goalkeeper Jon Sheffield, striker Scott McGleish and fellow front man Trevor Benjamin have featured for both too. Others to have featured for both include; Kwesi Appiah, Paul Carden, Dominic Ball, Phil Bolland, Jevani Brown, Steve Butler, Martin Carruthers, Danny Crow, Hayden Coulson, Richie Hanlon, Dean Hooper, Scott Houghton, Jeff Hughes, Micah Hyde, Marc Joseph, Garry Kimble, Alan Kimble, Richard Logan, Luke McShane, John McGlashan, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Matt Nolan, Fola Onabuje, Lloyd Opara, Lee Philpott, Simon Rea, Tony Scully, Josh Simpson, Ryan Tafazolli, Steve Welsh, and Calum Willock.
Quite a few actually. Bet you couldn’t name all of them. We couldn’t and we worked with them.
The last league meeting between the two sides in 2001 ended in a 1-0 win for Posh thanks to a goal from centre back Gary MacDonald. In March of the same year, Posh thumped Cambridge 4-1 at London Road thanks to goals from Richard Forsyth, Francis Green, Jason Lee and David Farrell. Tom Youngs scored for the U’s.
Posh will be wearing the home 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 Scott Oldham.