A look ahead to Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture with Middlesbrough.
Peterborough United welcome Chris Wilder’s Middlesbrough to the Weston Homes Stadium in Sky Bet Championship action on Saturday afternoon (3pm) with Grant McCann’s men looking to build on the 3-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers ahead of the international break.
A brace from Jonson Clarke-Harris and a superb strike from Jack Marriott secured all three points against the Hoops, while Boro will hope to take the positives from their Emirates FA Cup run and end the campaign strongly with a play-off spot very much in their sights.
Posh are without the services of Dan Butler, Nathan Thompson and Joel Randall to injury and this week have lost the services of on-loan goalkeeper Steven Benda who has broken a finger in training and been ruled out for four weeks.
Ronnie Edwards played twice for England under 19s over the international break, but has now tested positive for Covid-19 and is unlikely to recover in time for the game. Kyle Barker is also on the treatment table and has tested positive for the virus while Oliver Norburn has been sent for a scan on a knee injury sustained on international duty.
Ricky-Jade Jones has returned to training after a shoulder injury, while Clarke-Harris has completed the concussion protocols and recovered from a dead leg. Middlesbrough are expected to go into the game with no fresh injury worries with Aaron Connolly expected to lead the line.
FROM THE GAFFER
“I have a lot of respect for Chris Wilder. He did a wonderful job at Sheffield United and he is already getting his ideas across at Middlesbrough. They play in a similar style, they like to get their wing-backs high and they want their centre backs to join in. I watched them against Birmingham a few weeks back and they are a strong side, but it will be two teams going at it, both teams have got plenty to play for and that should make a good game,” McCann said.
Tickets are on sale at www.theposhtickets.com and via the Weston Homes Stadium Box Office. Middlesbrough have sold out of the away allocation of nearly 3,800 and will occupy the Deskgo Stand and the A and B blocks of the North Stand.
International viewers can watch on Posh+ for £10 with audio options only for domestic subscribers priced at £2.50.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
The match referee is Thomas Bramall.