On paper, this really should be a relegation battle between Peterborough and Huddersfield – with Posh regarded as one of the smaller outfits of the division while Town have only just risen to this level following their promotion from League One. However, even though the home side are matching expectations as they sit bottom of the table, Huddersfield have surprised everyone and the Terriers could even move top of the division with the right result on Tuesday.
After finishing in such a promising place last term, there’s no doubt that Peterborough fans will be bitterly disappointed with the manner in which they have started the campaign. Already, Posh look like certainties for the drop having merely picked up six points from the opening eleven matches they have participated in. There was plenty of hope at London Road after the club recorded successive victories over Hull and Barnsley several weeks ago. However, since then, normal service has been well and truly resumed and Darren Ferguson’s men head into this game on the back of 1-0 defeats to both Nottingham Forest and Watford. Moreover, while they did win two games not so long ago, both of these were away from home meaning they are yet to record a single point at London Road this season.
It’s a completely different story for Huddersfield on the other hand and their supporters firmly believe that they could achieve a second successive promotion. After only gaining promotion to this level through the backdoor in a penalty shootout in the playoffs last season, expectations were understandably low. However, Simon Grayson’s men have surprised everyone and they now sit in 3rd position, just two points from top spot. While they lost back-to-back games against Watford and Leicester several weeks ago, those results have been mere blips in some splendid form and they approach this game having won five from their last seven.
In terms of team news, Peterborough are sweating on the fitness of Tommy Rowe as he struggles with an ankle problem. If he does manage to pull through, Darren Ferguson will just have two players missing in the form of Peter Grant and Dave Hibbert who are both on the treatment table with knee problems. It’s much better for Huddersfield meanwhile, with the Terriers set to have Adam Hammill available again after his struggles with fitness. Joel Lynch is another player who could return, meaning Simon Grayson certainly has plenty of options.
All of the statistics indicate that Huddersfield are firm favourites for this clash. However, for some reason we just think Peterborough might be able to launch a surprise and with a home crowd behind them, we’ll tip a 2-0 win for Darren Ferguson’s men.