Peterborough United Vs Preston North End Match Preview
Coca-Cola Championship Tuesday 26th January 2010
A win on Tuesday night would give North End their first away win in 6 attempts when they visit Darren Ferguson's old stomping ground. The Lilywhites' last away win came, ironically, at Sheffield Wednesday - where the man in charge that night is currently employed - in October and are currently on a dismal run of form which has seen them pick up just 1 league win since the aforementioned trip to Hillsborough.
However, with the hysteria surrounding the visit of the star-studded FA Cup holders Chelsea now out of the way, Fergie junior can begin to focus his attentions on turning round the Lilywhites' league fortunes. The trip to London Road so soon after Ferguson's departure may just come at an ideal time with the new gaffer having a wealth of insider knowledge on the opposition ensuring his homework is well and truly done on those occupying the United dressing room.
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The last time North End faced The Posh in a league game at London Road they were on the receiving end of a 2-0 defeat. Saturday 12th April 1997 saw goals from Roger Willis and Miquel De Souza on 50 and 80 minutes respectively seal the win for the home side.
The defeat meant that North End succumbed to Peterborough completing the double over them that season having lost 4-3 at Deepdale that October. Despite being 3-1 up thanks to a Lee Ashcroft two minute double-salvo and a Michael Holt strike four minutes later, North End collapsed. Scott Houghton pulled one back on 72 minutes before Ken Charlery scored a dramatic late equaliser ten minutes later. Zeke Rowe netted the winner for United with just four minutes on the clock, to the sheer bemusement of the Deepdale faithful.
Overall, in the 18 occasions these two sides have met, Peterborough have a clear lead in terms of wins with 8 over Preston's 4. At London Road, Preston have never recorded victory.
Youl Mawene made his return from injury against Chelsea on Saturday meaning that the Frenchman is in line to make his first league appearance since November. Winger Paul Parry will miss out, though.
For The Posh, Craig Morgan is suspended but Ryan Bennett could return after serving his 1 match ban. Gabriel Zukuani (groin) is a doubt.