Prior to Peterborough’s horrific run of five straight league defeats, this fixture was taking on seismic proportions.
But with the Posh now 11 points back in fifth position, it’s removed some of the gloss from what looked like being a top two clash.
But all team’s struggle at some point in the season, so perhaps this is just a particularly bad patch for Darren Ferguson’s side?
Regardless of their current plight, I still expect them to be in and around the top two come the end of the campaign.
Whichever way you spin it, now is a good time to be visiting London Road. Morale is low, the manager seems rattled and Wolves looked to have discovered their best eleven.
Added to that, Britt Assombalonga, their top scorer and arguably best player is ruled out after collecting a fifth booking of the season at Brentford in midweek.
And with only 9 goals scored at home all season, Posh will miss the big striker’s impact. Only Oldham have netted fewer on their own patch.
What you would say is that Wolves’ status as League One leaders and expected promotion contenders will provide all the motivation Peterborough need to raise their game.
The team we saw against Tranmere was hugely impressive. You can dismiss the opposition all you want, but I think most people expected them to push us harder and it was to Wolves credit that they turned it into a training exercise.
I don’t think Kenny Jackett can stray too far from the eleven that excelled in midweek. Matt Doherty is probably the most likely name to re-appear, but you feel whichever one of our five defenders misses out these days is unlucky. It’s a nice position to be in.
Of course the manager might have a specific game plan up his sleeve, which involves more wholesale changes to the team. Personally, I think just by fielding our best eleven we should have enough to get a result at present.
The bookies can’t separate the sides this weekend with both Posh and Wolves 17/10 for the win. The draw is 5/2.
Dave Edwards is a generous 16/1 if you fancy him for first goalscorer. Whatever your opinion on the midfielder, he’s been impressive of late and always has a goal in him.
Well done to the 45 pundits who thought we’d win in midweek. 12 also got the 2-0 scoreline to double up.
Really tough to predict this one.
An outsider looking in would surely say Wolves are favourites to get the win, given recent form of both sides and strength of squads.
But Peterborough are due a good result and will undoubtedly raise their game tomorrow. Head says win, but heart knows we’re due a slip-up.
Have to sit on the fence – 2-2.
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