A look ahead to Saturday’s fixture at the Weston Homes Stadium against Oxford United (3pm).
Peterborough United welcome Oxford United to the Weston Homes Stadium in Sky Bet League One action on Saturday afternoon (3pm) looking to make it four wins in a row following victories over Burton Albion, Lincoln City and Derby County.
Darren Ferguson’s men can move into the play-off positions with three points against Liam Manning’s men, but Oxford are very much in a bit of a false position given the players that they have at their disposal. A poor run of form cost Karl Robinson his job and they began the Manning era with a 1-1 draw at Morecambe.
Defender Ronnie Edwards is back and available for selection after missing the win over Derby County as he was away with England under 20s. Hector Kyprianou had a pain-killing injection in his ankle earlier this week and returned to training on Thursday and should be available for selection.
Ciaran Brown was away on international duty and is back in the Oxford squad and manager Liam Manning has confirmed one or two other injury concerns have cleared up. Midfielder Lewis Bate, who is on-loan from Leeds United, has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
ONE TO WATCH
Cameron Brannagan (pictured) is one of the best central midfielders in the division despite the club’s lowly position in the league table. He was set to join Blackpool in the transfer window, but committed his long-term future to Oxford and he remains a constant threat to any opposition due to his box-to-box nature and his ability to time his runs effectively.
FROM THE GAFFER
“I don’t think anyone expected Oxford to be where they are in the league table at this stage of the season, but they definitely have a very talented squad. Cameron Brannagan is a very good player and they have plenty of options in the attacking third, particularly wide. For ourselves, it is about results over performances at this stage of the season, it is about getting that winning mentality. The lads have generally been good since my return, we just need to keep it going,” Darren Ferguson said.
Tickets are on sale at www.theposhtickets.com and via the Weston Homes Stadium Box Office. Oxford fans will be accommodated in the away section of the North Stand and around 500 have been sold to date. The Deskgo Stand is open for Posh fans with youngsters on the Schools Initiative and those invited through junior football clubs set to swell the attendance.
Match passes are available to purchase for £10 for overseas subscribers with audio passes available worldwide for £2.50.
PLAYED FOR BOTH
Whilst there are no links in the current squads, there have been plenty of players in the past who have played for both Posh and Oxford including one-time boss David Oldfield, winger Alfie Potter (pictured below left) and striker Tyrone Barnett.
Among the others include; Steve Anthrobus, Phil Bolland, Isaac Buckley-Ricketts (pictured below right), Nick Cusack, Liam Davis, Jamie Hand, Ben Futcher, Dave Langan, Jonathan Obika (pictured below centre), Scott Rendell, Justin Richards, David Rush, Tony Spearing, Jude Stirling, George Thorne, Guy Whittingham, Kyle Vassell, Andy Woodman and Marcus Williams.
There have been many classic games between the two down the years including a 4-0 victory for Posh back in February 2020, just ahead of the beginning of the pandemic which curtailed the season. Ivan Toney was on target that day.
Posh will be wearing the blue home kit for the fixture.
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MAN IN THE MIDDLE
The match referee is Thomas Kirk.