Posh host Preston North End at the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm).
Peterborough United welcome Preston North End to the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm) in Sky Bet Championship action with Darren Ferguson’s men needing to bounce back from the disappointment at Cardiff City on Wednesday evening.
The Lilywhites, managed by Ryan Lowe, have enjoyed some excellent recent results and will feel they have a chance of making the play-offs. Lowe has changed the style at Deepdale and they will be looking to do the double over Posh after the 1-0 success earlier in the campaign.
Posh are unlikely to be able to call on the services of experienced defender Mark Beevers who has a hamstring problem. Nathan Thompson could return after a slight injury, but Jack Taylor, Dan Butler and Harrison Burrows remain side-lined.
Izzy Brown remains out for the season while Declan Rudd, Paul Huntington and Matthew Olosunde have not made the Lilywhites 25-man squad. Greg Cunningham is doubtful through injury.
FROM THE GAFFER
“Any manager in any division will tell you there are simple rules to winning a match. You get the basics right. You win tackles, win headers and outrun your opponents. That happened last week against QPR, but it didn’t happen against Cardiff.
“It’s another tough game against Preston. They are going really well under Ryan Lowe, but we have shown at times this season that we are capable of beating good sides, certainly at home. We have to find a performance that can win us the game on Saturday and then move onto Wednesday. If we fall behind we need to show some mettle and character to get back into the game,” Darren Ferguson said.
FROM THE OPPOSITION
“Peterborough have lost 4-0 and people will think that’s going to be an easy game, it’s not. I know Darren Ferguson’s teams, he’ll want to put it right. The football club [have] some fantastic players there, and we’ve got to make sure we’re on our mettle because we can’t go to Peterborough thinking that’s going to be easy just because they’ve lost 4-0 and we’ve had a decent result and [we're] in decent form.
“We know at the end of the day they’re down at the bottom. They probably deserve to be a little bit higher if you ask me because they’ve got some talent, but we can’t take anything for granted. We’ve got to make sure we go there with a game plan and stick to the game plan,” Ryan Lowe said.
Tickets are on sale at www.theposhtickets.com and via the Weston Homes Stadium Box Office. Preston North End have sold around 800 tickets and will occupy A and B in the North Stand.
Audio for domestic subscribers will be available for £2.50 and live video streaming is available internationally for £10.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Tim Robinson is the match referee.