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Peterborough United Preview

Tomorrow sees the second game in four days for Blues, with a trip to London Road to play Peterborough United. It’s another chance for Blues to push up the table, and Chris Hughton will be looking to build upon the excellent win against Blackpool on New Year’s Eve.

Peterborough United

Peterborough come into this game after a last gasp 1-1 away draw with Middlesbrough. Their form is average, taking 8 points from their last eighteen; scoring and conceding nine goals apiece. They’re the second highest scorers in the division at home – which isn’t surprising as they’ve scored in their last sixteen consecutive league games – but only Forest have conceded more on their own patch.

Injury-wise, Grant McCann and David Hibbert are both definitely out, Mark Little is unlikely to play and Lee Tomlin is doubtful. Tom Kennedy has returned after his loan spell to Leicester City, whilst manager Darren Ferguson has confirmed that winger Joe Newell will start against Blues

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Blues only have one injury worry in Stephen Carr, who is struggling to be fit for this fixture – although Jonathan Spector has deputised admirably in the right back slot. The game marks the last before the end of Guirane N’Daw and Chris Wood’s respective loan periods should they not be renewed, and it will be interesting to see if either feature – although I suspect with Jake Jervis joining Akwasi Asante out on loan that Chris Wood’s loan will be renewed. I’m of the belief that Redmond will remain on the bench for this one despite his cameo against Blackpool; I don’t think Chris Hughton will have failed to notice that Redmond hasn’t quite hit form away from home as of yet and will continue to use the young winger sparingly.

Blues away form isn’t brilliant – two wins, two draws and seven defeats – and they haven’t won away from home in the league since the 2-0 win over Bristol City on the 23rd October, some six away games ago. However, they can take heart in their first clean sheet in the league for eleven games against a Blackpool side that likes to attack and score, and an all-round improvement in the team since their last away defeat to Crystal Palace.

Whilst I think Blues should be aiming for a win at London Road I’m not sure it will happen; Peterborough are fairly decent at home and they always have goals in them. However, if Blues turn up the way they did in the second half against Blackpool I have no doubt that they can turn over the Posh.

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