Date:Friday December 14 2012
Darren Ferguson takes his men to Wales to face Malky Mackay`s strong Cardiff side, as the Posh look to turn their season around
Cardiff City -Vs- Peterborough United
Venue:Cardiff City Stadium
Date: 15th December, 2012
The Posh endured a disappointing 3-1 defeat in this fixture last season, no thanks to former goalkeeper Joe Lewis... But Darren Ferguson`s men look for the catalyst to spark a survival, and there`d be no better place than the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday.
Cardiff City are flying high in the Championship this season, and are currently top of the table. Malky Mackay`s side have put in a number of good performances so far this campaign, as they look to join their Welsh rivals Swansea, in the top tier of English football.
Forward, Dwight Gayle(below), will continue as a loan striker for the Posh after bagging a brace in the 3-2 defeat at home to Middlesbrough. Saido Berahino has returned to West Bromwich Albion after chipping a bone in his knee, and will no longer be available for the Posh. Emile Sinclair is still on loan at Barnsley and so won`t play any part in the fixture. Posh`s other senior striker, Tyrone Barnett, returned from his loan at Ipswich in the week after picking up an injury in a friendly for the Tractor Boys. The target man had previously stated that he would be happy if he never returned to the Posh, and his return has not been received well by the London Road faithful. Young forwards Janaai Gordon, or Jonson Clarke-Harris, may take a place on the bench after Posh named no strikers among the subs against Middlesbrough, and lacked attacking options when in need of changes in the latter stages of that game.
Darren Ferguson made changes to the Posh defence for the visit of Middlesbrough last week, and his side looked more solid for it, despite conceding 3 goals. That saw the return of Tommy Rowe and Gabriel Zakuani to the starting line-up; both of who are expected to keep their places. Young South African full back Kgosi Ntlhe (below) is still out with the injury he sustained at Sheffield Wednesday a few weeks ago, that saw him stretchered off. Michael Bostwick is also hoping to keep his place, but Fergie has a choice of Nat Knight-Percival or Shaun Brisley, to play in the third centre back spot.
Vital Posh predicts the starting line-up could be:
Little, Bostwick, Zakuani, Knight-Percival, Newell
Thorne, Rowe, Boyd
Cardiff don`t have any other fresh injury problems ahead of the match on Saturday, and Malky Mackay is relatively confident that his side will make it 11 straight wins in the league.
6 - Boyd
6 - Tomlin
3 - Sinclair
3 - Gayle
2 - Bostwick
8 - Helguson
7 - Whittingham
5 - Gunnarsson
4 - Connolly
4 - Hudson
Cardiff are one of the best teams in the Championship this season, and their position in the table fully reflects that. Malky Mackay has built a very good team, and has the right mix of youth and experience. He also has a number of players with Premier League experience at his disposal, which Darren Ferguson is lacking, with none of his players having that in their CV.
The Posh have struggled a lot this season, and have defended poorly on many occasions. If they slip up at all against Cardiff on Saturday, they will be punished. The hosts look too strong for Fergie`s men, and are expected by most to come away with the points in this fixture, and collect their 11th straight win in the league.
Vital Posh predicts a 3 - 1 defeat
David COOTE takes charge of this encounter between the top and bottom sides in the Championship.
The referee from Nottinghamshire has refereed the Posh twice before, and they have won on both occasions. The most recent fixture was in October 2011 when Posh beat Bristol City 2-1 at Ashton Gate. Lee Tomlin was on the score sheet that day. There were 5 yellow cards in the match.
He will be assisted by Neil Radford and Simon Knapp.
The fourth official is Marc Perry.
UP THE POSH
Follow me on Twitter: @TomLea_
Join Vital Peterborough United!
With news and views, along with a forum, polls and article comments, everything you need in a fans site is right here!
Vital Posh is 100% interactive. Not only can you have your say on the articles and the forum but you can also suggest an article or a poll so you can air your views.
So why not join Vital Posh today?
It's easy to REGISTER HERE. Simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!.
To visit the message board, click here.
This website is your website and we are looking for people to help run the site. Do you go to most of the games and have an opinion? Why not write a match report? Perhaps you are a budding journalist or even just someone who is very opinionated? Well why not join our team? If this interests you please contact Vital Posh at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Vital Peterborough is also on:
Date:Friday December 14 2012
Vital Posh Rate The Ref - League Table (Tuesday December 10 2013)
Ref Watch: Newport County v Posh (Monday December 9 2013)
Vital Posh MOTM Results -V- Wolves - League One (Monday December 9 2013)
NOVEMBER Posh Player and Goal of the Month Polls (Monday December 9 2013)
Can We Play You Every Week? (Monday December 9 2013)
Rate The Ref -Posh v Tranmere (Poll) (Monday December 9 2013)
Newport County v Posh Predictions (Monday December 9 2013)
Vital Posh MOTM -Vs- Tranmere (Poll) (Sunday December 8 2013)
Stats: Peterborough United v Tranmere Rovers (Saturday December 7 2013)
Posh v Tranmere - Your Score Predictions (Saturday December 7 2013)
|Swindon Advance To JPT Area Final
» Swindon : 11/12/2013 06:29:00
|Luke Rooney's Contract Cancelled
» Swindon : 11/12/2013 06:23:00
|Oldham Make Montano Statement
» Oldham : 10/12/2013 22:56:00
» Oldham : 10/12/2013 22:44:00
|Johnson Responds To Replay Requirement
» Oldham : 10/12/2013 22:39:00
» Stevenage : 10/12/2013 22:35:00
|Derrylerious At First Win
» Notts County : 10/12/2013 22:07:00