Posh a good bet to draw first blood at the Keepmoat
Surely not even the most optimistic of Posh fans would have believed their team would have taken such a huge leap forward following the removal of Darren Ferguson as manager.
But they’ve now won three out of three under caretaker Dave Robertson and could find themselves in the top six if they can beat play-off rivals Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat this weekend.
There could be well over 2,000 United fans in South Yorkshire as their hosts have designated the game a charity fund-raiser and are offering much-reduced admission prices.
That backing should give Posh every chance of picking up maximum points and there are unlikely to be many changes to the side that beat Leyton Orient 1-0 at the ABAX last week, though Marcus Maddison is suspended following his late red card.
Jon Taylor completed his comeback from injury with the winner against the O’s and United look a lot more balanced with him playing just behind the strikers. The defence has also improved since Gabriel Zakuani and Ricardo Santos won back their places and they’ve only conceded one in three, though that new-found resilience will be put to the test by Doncaster.
Paul Dickov’s men drew at the ABAX just after Christmas but that was when United were in disarray. Rovers struggled at home before the turn of the year but have turned things around since and have won four of their last six at the Keepmoat.
They’ve taken points from in-form Preston and Gillingham in their last two outings on the road so are in good nick and United will have to be aware of their attacking talent which includes former Middlesbrough striker Curtis Main, the much-travelled Nathan Tyson and Harry Forrester, who is their dead-ball expert.
There is no reason why Peterborough, in their current form, can’t go to Doncaster and get a result. It would keep the promotion pot boiling and they are certainly worth a second look on the handicap betting at 4/6 getting a goal start but need to be aware that Rovers haven’t lost a match this season if they have scored first.
Attack may be the best form of defence, therefore, with Posh 6/5 to score the first goal.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, March 14 at the Keepmoat Stadium.