Posh welcome Reading to the Weston Homes Stadium on Wednesday evening (7.45pm).
Peterborough United entertain Reading in Sky Bet Championship action on Wednesday evening (7.45pm) at the Weston Homes Stadium in arguably the most important game of the season to date.
A win for Darren Ferguson’s men will lift them out of the drop zone with a game in hand on the Royals and also extend the advantage over Derby County and Barnsley who remain below them in the current standings.
Reading were beaten 3-2 by Coventry City in their last fixture while Posh suffered a narrow 1-0 home defeat to Preston North End. The game is televised live by Sky Sports with Gary Taphouse and Lee Hendrie on commentary duty.
Posh are hopeful that central defender Ronnie Edwards will be available after missing the weekend defeat due to a slight hamstring injury. Mark Beevers and Jack Taylor are both side-lined with similar injuries while Dan Butler is out for the rest of the season. There are no fresh injury worries from the defeat to Preston.
The Royals will be without the suspended Junior Hoilett who was dismissed in the defeat to Coventry City. Yakou Meite returned to the squad after a long lay-off and appeared for 20 minutes in the second half – he is pushing for a start alongside Lucas Joao who is also back to fitness.
FROM THE GAFFER
“I don’t think I need to say anything different to the players, they know the significance of this game. I do believe the first goal will be crucial. There will be times in the game where it will be tense and they may have some of the ball, but we have to remain calm, both as players and as supporters. The supporters really stuck with the players on Saturday and we need them to do that again on Wednesday evening,” Darren Ferguson said.
Tickets remain on sale at www.theposhtickets.com and via the Weston Homes Stadium Box Office. Reading fans will occupy A and B in the Main Stand with a number of supporters from the Schools Initiative occupying the Deskgo Stand.
Peterborough United’s fixture with Reading will only be available to fans in ‘dark market’ regions on Posh+ Live (7.45pm UK time). Due to EFL broadcasting rules we are unable to make this game available to our supporters in the UK and Ireland, or in wider international areas. The live stream will be a multi-camera operation with replays and match graphics.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
The match referee is Matthew Donohue.