Free-scoring Lilywhites might put a dent in Posh play-off hopes
Buoyed by an early Luke James header and the support of more than 2,000 travelling fans, Posh stubbornly thwarted everything that Doncaster could throw at them on Saturday to record a fourth straight win under caretaker manager Dave Robertson with Conor Washington’s late breakaway goal the icing on the cake.
Goalkeeper Ben Alnwick was in the right place at the right time to make the saves that mattered when United’s rearguard was breached and it was a massive three points against one of their rivals for the play-offs.
Dreams of a top six place are still very much alive, therefore, but there are sure to plenty of twists and turns before the season is out as it’s still too close to call in the top half of the table.
A fifth win on the bounce for Peterborough is a massive 4/1 but that’s because they next have to travel to Deepdale to face Preston North End. The Lilywhites are on a terrific run of their own and are now favourites for automatic promotion behind champions-elect Bristol City.
Simon Grayson’s team have won seven of their last eight matches, ironically the only side they failed to beat were Posh’s opponents at the weekend, Doncaster. Their revival has coincided with the return to fitness of top scorer Joe Garner, who now has 19 for the season after grabbing four of his team’s five against Crewe on Saturday.
But Preston are far from a one-man team and United’s defenders will also have to be aware of threat posed by Paul Gallagher, Daniel Johnson and Jermaine Beckford.
Robertson won’t want to make many changes to his winning formula but will be aware of possible burn-out so Kyle Vassell may come into the equation, along with David Norris and Harry Beautyman.
Confidence is sky-high among the Posh ranks at present but this will be a real test of that new-found self-belief and might just be a game too far. Preston are 4/6 to win and 7/4 to overcome a one-goal deficit in the handicap betting.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Tuesday, March 17 at Deepdale.