A look ahead to Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture with Nottingham Forest.
Peterborough United welcome in-form Nottingham Forest to the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday afternoon in Sky Bet Championship action (3pm) knowing that only a victory against the Reds will realistically keep their hopes of avoiding the drop alive.
Steve Cooper’s men have been described as the ‘best team in the division at the moment’ by boss Grant McCann and you can’t argue with that statement, the Reds are absolutely flying at present and comfortably overcame West Bromwich Albion at the City Ground last time out.
Posh go into the game on a four-match unbeaten run and have collected six points from the last six available thanks to a 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers and a hard-fought 2-0 win at struggling Barnsley on Easter Monday.
Joe Ward limped out of the game at Oakwell with a dead leg and he is rated as doubtful for the game with a combination of that injury and illness. He will be assessed on Friday morning, but McCann does welcome Hayden Coulson and Jorge Grant back to the squad after minor injuries meant they were not involved over Easter.
Nathan Thompson, Dan Butler, Steven Benda and Callum Morton are all injured, but Joel Randall will again be involved after two substitute appearances over Easter.
Forest have plenty of options to tinker with their starting line-up with Steve Cook and Joe Lolley among the substitutes last time out. Brennan Johnson is undoubtedly the one to watch, he is one of the hottest young talents in the country at present and will provide a real attacking threat from the wing.
FROM THE GAFFER
“Nottingham Forest are probably the best team in the league right now, I know Fulham have won the league, but in terms of the form of the Reds at present, I don’t think there is anyone better. Steve Cooper has done a really good job, since he took over they have been on a wonderful run and they will need the points to stay in contention. I think it is a really good game for us, like Barnsley and Blackburn, it is another team with plenty to play for. It should be a great atmosphere, hopefully the Posh fans will be bouncing,” Grant McCann said.
The game is fast heading for a sell-out with only single seats available in certain sections of the stadium. Nottingham Forest have sold out their allocation of approximately 3,700 and will occupy the Deskgo Stand and Blocks A and B in the North Stand. The game is ALL-TICKET and no tickets will be available at the stadium on the day. Any remaining tickets are on sale at www.theposhtickets.com and via the Weston Homes Stadium Box Office.
The game is only available to watch for overseas subscribers with match passes on sale now for £10.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
The match referee is Michael Salisbury.