Enigmatic Sky Blues might be interesting on the handicap
United will fancy their chances of consolidating their place in the play-off places as they take on struggling Coventry City at the ABAX Stadium.
Posh got back to winning ways at home to fellow promotion hopefuls Chesterfield last week but it was a close-run thing. Michael Bostwick’s deflected effort in the first half the only thing that separated the two sides and Dave Robertson’s men were hanging on the second period following the dismissal of Ricardo Santos – the Portuguese defender becoming the latest victim of Posh’s more robust style under Robertson.
Captain Jack Payne is just one booking away from 10 yellow cards and a suspension so will have to tread carefully against the Sky Blues but Marcus Maddison is available again following a ban and scored twice in a midweek friendly win at St Neots that also saw Harry Anderson, Harry Beautyman and Kyle Vassell get a game under their belts.
Considering Coventry’s predicament, we have Peterborough at 19/20 to inflict further misery on Tony Mowbray’s team but United could yet rue the three points they threw away against the same team at the Ricoh Arena back in October.
Despite first-half goals from Jon Taylor and Maddison, Posh contrived to lose a game they should have won with Frank Nouble netting the winner for City, who scored three times in a 13-minute spell after half-time.
Nouble is a useful target man at League One level but City were sucker-punched themselves last week when squandering a half-time lead at home against Doncaster Rovers. They have won their last two away games under their new manager, however, and desperately need the points from this one to keep their heads above water in a relegation fight – they start the day just a point outside the bottom four.
United might be favourites for this one but the games are coming thick and fast and Robertson will have to manage his players carefully over the next few weeks. He’ll have to change his defensive formation for this one and that could be dangerous as City are a bit better than their league position suggests and they have an in-form striker in Dominic Samuel.
The on-loan Reading forward is 15/2 to be first goalscorer and his side are worth a second look at 4/5 getting a goal start on the handicap.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, March 28 at the ABAX Stadium.