Preview: Pompey v Peterborough

The Posh arrive at PO4 on Saturday.

Pompey sit top of the League One table following a 1-0 win at Port Vale last weekend and are looking to maintain their fine form and the optimism amongst Blues fans.

Peterborough are fourth having won four and lost two of their six opening league games and will pose a tough test for the Blues who after this weekend have trips to Barnsley and Burton ahead, before Plymouth and Bolton Wanderers. A healthy points total from the five matches will prove pivotal going into October for Pompey.

Danny Cowley: “We’ve got a really exciting September and are going to be challenged by the teams we’re playing against.”

Pompey are unbeaten at home since January and will be looking to continue the excellent start to the season.

The Posh arrive on the South Coast with two defeats on the road in the league so far this season – 2-1 at Derby and 2-0 at Plymouth.

Manager Grant McCann has acknowledged the ‘massive advantage’ Pompey fans will give to the home side.

“It’s going to be about managing the game and trying to quieten the crowd. I think it’s going to be a good game.

“They’ve started really well and they look strong but we feel as if we’re in really good form ourselves. So, we can go there with a lot of confidence.”

Two former Blues defenders will miss the Fratton clash. Nathan Thompson will miss the match due to suspension after he picked up two yellow cards against Derby.

Another missing for Posh will be Dan Butler who continues his recovery from an ankle injury.

Ben Thompson is expected to feature in Peterborough’s midfield.

For Pompey, deadline day signing Josh Koroma is fit and match ready, however didn’t arrive in Portsmouth until 2:30am on Friday before training with the squad, so seems likely he will have to settle for a place on the subs bench.

Michael Morrison could feature with Danny Cowley confirming that all the concussion protocols had been followed this week and the necessary boxes ticked after the defenders early exit at Vale Park with a head injury.

With Pompey and Peterborough the highest scorers in the league with 13, could we see a goal fest, or will defences be on top?

Last Time: Goals from Jack Whatmough and Tom Naylor sealed a Pompey 2-0 win back in December 2020.

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