A look ahead to Saturday’s Sky Bet League One fixture with Leyton Orient at the Weston Homes Stadium (3pm).
Peterborough United welcome Leyton Orient to the Weston Homes Stadium in Sky Bet League One action on Saturday afternoon (3pm) with Darren Ferguson’s men looking to build on the 2-0 victory over Cambridge United in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday evening.
The O’s were promoted into League One last term and picked up a notable 2-1 away victory at high-flying Exeter City last time out. Orient have not played a fixture in PE2 since 2015 with Jon Taylor netting the winner for Posh on that day.
Posh are without the services of goalkeeper Will Blackmore, who underwent a hip operation earlier this week, which will rule him out for up to four months. Jeando Fuchs is making good progress from an operation while Ricky-Jade Jones is on his way back after a slight ankle injury. Malik Mothersille continues to improve his fitness after arriving ahead of the deadline.
The O’s are not expected to tinker too much with their starting line-up, although midfielder Ethan Galbraith is pushing for a start. Joe Pigott is expected to lead the line alongside the in-form Raul Sotiriou.
ONE TO WATCH
Former Posh attacking midfielder George Moncur (pictured below) has found a home in East London and has played a key role in the club’s recent success. The former Colchester United man, who spent time on-loan at Posh under Grant McCann, is excellent at timing his runs from midfield, is dangerous from set-pieces and will be key to the tempo of the Orient game.
FROM THE MANAGER
“Leyton Orient were a team I watched a few times last season and they did brilliantly to get out of League Two. Richie has done a good job there. He was actually someone who I was with at Doncaster Rovers, he was coming to the end of his playing career, but he is a great lad and he has had ups and downs in management as you would expect, but is on a real high at the minute. They are a good side, it will be a tough test for us,” Ferguson said.
Leyton Orient have sold just over 1,000 tickets for the game and will be accommodated in the Deskgo Stand. The away section in the North Stand is closed. Tickets are available at www.theposhtickets.com and via the Weston Homes Stadium Box Office.
HEAD TO HEAD
That aforementioned 1-0 win over Leyton Orient came in 2015, you can see extended highlights of that win here.
The game is available to watch if you are based overseas with match passes available for £10, however, domestically, it is just audio passes available. An individual audio pass for the game costs £5, however, it makes financial sense to purchase a monthly pass for £6.50, which includes all the behind the scenes content, plus every commentary during the month.
A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS
Hector Kyprianou (pictured below) joined Posh from Leyton Orient in the summer of 2022 and is one of a number players that down the years have represented both clubs. We mentioned George Moncur earlier, here are a few others that have the O's and Posh on their CV.
Steve Castle, Ben Alnwick, Jerome Binnom-Williams, Lee Harrison, Leon Constantine, Marcus Ebdon, Neale Fenn, Darren Carter, Greg Heald, Ian Hendon, Scott Houghton, Josh Low, Jae Martin, Scott McGleish, Adam Newton, Ricky Otto, Jack Payne, Paul Rachubka, Wayne Purser, Dave Regis, Kevin Shoemake, Kieran Sadlier, Lee Thorpe, Ciaran Toner and the legend that is Gabriel Zakuani.
There will be a minute’s silence ahead of the game as a mark of respect for those that have lost their lives in the tragic events in Morocco and Libya this week. Both teams will be wearing black armbands.
We invite supporters of both clubs to join a round of applause for the 12th minute of Saturday’s game in remembrance of Elliot – a football fan, a Posh fanatic, a wonderful young man loved and missed by all that had the privilege to know him. Aged just 24 Elliot’s death has shocked and deeply affected everybody that knew him.
The referee for the game is Scott Tallis.