Peterborough vs Portsmouth Preview

Pompey travel to Peterborough tomorrow for an early season top-of-the-table clash in League One.

Team News

Ronan Curtis will return to the starting eleven after returning from international duty but Anton Walkes, Dion Donohue and Jack Whatmough are still sidelined. Andre Green is rated doubtful with a knee injury.

Peterborough, on the other hand, are at full strength now that midfielder Callum Cooke has recovered from an ankle injury.

The Match

Whilst this match is easy to hype given that the two current top teams in the division are playing each other, it should be remembered that this is only the eighth game of a 46 game season and the result may not be as important as some would have you believe.

Instead, this match will serve as a good early barometer as just how much both teams have improved after finishing just outside the play-offs last season. Many thought Posh would be slow starters given that Steve Evans built almost an entirely new squad and lost the division's top scorer last season in Jack Marriott but they've hit the ground running.

Matt Godden has proved to be a capable replacement for Marriott having scored six goals already having also bagged a couple against Pompey when playing for Stevenage in League Two, whilst Jason Cummings has proved to be a shrewd loan acquisition from Nottingham Forest.

That pair, along with other attackers such as Marcus Maddison and Ivan Toney (another player who scored against Pompey for Wigan last season) have decimated League One defences and thus Pompey will have to be at their best at the back tomorrow, meaning Christian Burgess can't make his one mistake per game which was costly last week against Shrewsbury.

As usual, Peterborough's weaknesses are at the back as they have conceded seven goals so far this season, whilst Pompey have only conceded four. With Curtis back, Pompey should have that extra edge going forward that they lacked last weekend whilst Oli Hawkins' hard work is certainly due a goal sooner rather than later.

2,500 Pompey fans will be making the journey to London Road tomorrow. Hopefully they'll be rewarded with a quality game of football and, more importantly, the victory that will lay down a marker for the rest of the season.

Predicted Starting Line-Ups

Peterborough

GK: Aaron CHAPMAN

RB: Jason NAISMITH

CB: Ryan TAFAZOLI

CB: Alex WOODYARD

LB: Colin DANIEL

RM: Jason CUMMINGS

CM: Mark O'HARA

CM: Jamie WALKER

LM: Rhys BENNETT

CF: Matt GODDEN

CF: Ivan TONEY

Pompey

GK: Craig MacGILLIVRAY

RB: Nathan THOMPSON

CB: Christian BURGESS

CB: Matt CLARKE

LB: Lee BROWN

CM: Tom NAYLOR

CM: Ben THOMPSON

CM: Gareth EVANS

RWF: Jamal LOWE

LWF: Ronan CURTIS

CF: Oli HAWKINS

Last Time: Peterborough United 2 Portsmouth 1 (League One - 21/11/2017)

After a goalless first half, Jack Marriott gave Posh the opener by bundling in the ball from close range and their lead was doubled when Clarke inadvertently turned Maddison's free kick past Luke McGee. Conor Chaplin got a late goal back but it wasn't enough to prevent defeat.

My Prediction

Peterborough's only dropped points of the season have come at home when Doncaster left with a draw and I think Pompey are capable of getting a result from what should be an excellent advert for League One.

Peterborough United 2 Portsmouth 2