Posh host Lincoln City at the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm) and we look ahead to the fixture.
Peterborough United welcome Lincoln City to the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday afternoon in Sky Bet League One action (3pm) as Grant McCann’s men look to build on Tuesday night’s 2-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday, a victory that moved Posh into second place in the fledgling league table.
Jonson Clarke-Harris and Jack Taylor were on target against the Owls, a second straight home league win following the success over Morecambe with two clean sheets from two fixtures in front of the club’s supporters.
Lincoln recorded arguably the most eye catching result of the midweek round of fixtures as they went to Oxford United and came away with a 2-1 victory. Striker Tom Hopper was among the scorers as the Imps followed a draw at Portsmouth with a notable success on the road.
Posh will be without the services of Dan Butler and Oliver Norburn due to long-term injuries, while Emmanuel Fernandez remains side-lined, but there was good news on Kwame Poku with McCann hinting he could be in the squad for the game with the Imps and if he doesn’t make it, he is likely to feature at Stevenage in the second round Carabao Cup tie on Tuesday evening.
Goalkeeper Harvey Cartwright is unlikely to be involved, while Joel Randall has received encouraging news on the diagnosis of a shoulder injury. ‘Not as bad as first feared’ was the description used by the Posh boss in the pre-match press conference.
Lincoln midfielder Teddy Bishop is pushing for a start but it is unlikely the Imps will change a winning side, particularly given the performance at the Kassam Stadium, but they do have attacking options should they change their front three in PE2.
ONE TO WATCH
Anthony Scully (pictured) scored an absolute stunner for Lincoln against Posh in that unforgettable 3-3 draw in 2020, so Posh fans will be well aware of his prowess, particularly from distance and he was on target in that win over Oxford during the week with a well-taken finish. His father actually played for Posh and was signed by Barry Fry. Scully has been linked with a number of clubs during the summer following some excellent displays in a struggling side last term.
FROM THE GAFFER
“I have seen quite a few of Lincoln’s games this season and they are a real threat, you have seen that on Tuesday night at Oxford and they have drawn at Portsmouth, those two teams are expected to be challenging at the top so those results demonstrate they are a good side. They have good attacking threats and have experience within their side. Mark Kennedy (manager) has worked his way up in his coaching career after a stellar playing career and has them playing a certain way,” McCann said.
Tickets are on sale at www.theposhtickets.com and via the Weston Homes Stadium Box Office. Lincoln have sold around 1,500 tickets for the game and will be accommodated in the Deskgo Stand. The Weston Homes London Road End has reached it’s capacity for this fixture and no more tickets are available in that stand.
Supporters overseas will be able to watch the game on Posh+ while audio passes are available in the UK for £2.50.
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PLAYED FOR BOTH
There have been a number of players that have featured for both clubs in the past including Jorge Grant (pictured left) who Posh signed from the Imps ahead of the Championship campaign. Grant netted for Lincoln against Posh in that memorable 3-3 promotion-clinching fixture. Harry Anderson is another with links to both clubs as has Peter Gain, who was a stylish midfield player during the mid-2000s for Posh.
Other players to have played for both include Lee Thorpe, Lee Frecklington (pictured right), Simon Yeo, Barry Richardson, Richard Butcher, Ben Futcher, Michael Bostwick, Ben Sedgemore, Francis Green (pictured middle), Alex Woodyard and Jason Lee.
It would be wrong to not select the fixture between the two sides in 2020 as the classic encounter as of course it produced promotion for Darren Ferguson’s men. Posh were 3-0 down with half an hour to play before Siriki Dembele reduced the arrears. Jonson Clarke-Harris then took over, bagging a deflected free-kick before calmly stepping up deep into stoppage time to earn a draw after Sammie Szmodics was felled in the box.
Posh will be wearing the blue home kit for the fixture.
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The match referee is Rebecca Welch.