At the start of the season both of these sides were tipped as big candidates for the drop, which didn’t really come as a surprise considering Peterborough’s low budget and the fact that Charlton were only promoted less than a year ago. As it turns out, Posh are the only side out of the two to be struggling to stay in the division, whereas Charlton have fared relatively comfortably and occupy a safe mid-table position.
Even though Peterborough’s position of 22nd may sound disappointing to a lot of people within football, most of their fans are probably delighted with their current predicament. While they will most likely be battling against the drop for the remainder of the campaign, this is all to be expected considering the tiny budget that Darren Ferguson has to work under. Moreover, relegation is by no means a foregone conclusion and should results go their way this evening, they could find themselves two points above the drop zone. If their last result is anything to go by their fans will be full of confidence as well, with the London Road outfit recording an unlikely 3-2 away win over Blackburn. They also thrashed Millwall 5-1 away from home a couple of weeks ago, highlighting they most definitely have the potential to cause upsets which perhaps will keep them in the division by the start of May.
Charlton in contrast have enjoyed a relatively solid season. While the Addicks have rarely flirted with the top half, they have always kept their heads above water and not once looked over their shoulder. The fact they have already reached forty three points suggests that they should be playing Championship football next term – although a win on Tuesday would go a long way in confirming such a feat. However, while they have enjoyed a successful campaign overall, they do approach this game having won just one of their last seven. Admittedly, this game was on the road, but it remains to be seen if Chris Powell’s men can put their poor form behind them for this trip to London Road.
As for team news, Peterborough have several problems for the clash with Alex Pritchard, Davide Petrucci and Scott Wooton all struggling on the treatment table. On a more positive note, there might be a place for Tyrone Barnett after he started on the bench on Saturday. It’s a different story for the Addicks meanwhile, with Chris Powell hopeful on the return of Dale Stephens and Chris Solly. However, it’s not all good news, with Yann Kermorgant poised to miss out through suspension.
In terms of a prediction, we think Peterborough could win this. Posh have demonstrated that they are more than capable in grinding out results over recent weeks and with their opponents in poor form, our tip will be a 3-1 victory for Darren Ferguson’s side.