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Coventry City season previewing

The Sky Blues are heading into their second season in League One, after a successful return last year.

Mark Robins has brought in 10 new players, hoping that they can add fuel to the already lit fire, as Coventry look to reach the play-offs this season.

Robins has also sold 11 players and has loaned out three youngsters; Robins has had a big revamp with the squad and looks to have a master plan coming together nicely.

The gaffer will be looking at key players to step up this year and to guide the side into the players.

Skipper, Liam Kelly had a brilliant season last year and will be hopeful to continue that run of form this year alongside, Jamie Allen, who was signed for an undisclosed fee of league rivals, Burton Albion.

New goalkeeper, Marko Marosi, will also be a key player for the Sky Blues this year, as the Doncaster favourite last year turned down a contract to join up with Robins, the Slovakian will hope to impress the Sky Blue Army.

Veteran defender, Kyle McFadzean is the ideal replacement for Jordan Willis, who left for Sunderland this summer, with McFadzean’s experience and strong approach, he is a great addition to the squad.

New French winger, Wesley Jobello, who has caught the eye of fans during pre-season, will be a vital member of the squad, with his skill, pace and strength.

Fans favourite, Max Biamou, who has returned from a serious injury, is hoping to have a successful one and replicate his 2017/18 season.

There will be a few clubs looking to rival the Sky Blues this season for play-offs and promotion.

Here is a preview of the big hitters for this season.

One of the main contenders for promotion is Sunderland, who have already signed three former Coventry players this season; Lee Burge, Jordan Willis and Marc McNulty; as well as making other key signings, Sunderland look likely to gain promotion this season, after missing out last year in the play-off final, losing to Charlton. Prediction: 1st

Another rival for promotion is newly relegated, Ipswich Town, who have signed highly rated striker, James Norwood from Tranmere Rovers, the Tractor Boys don’t look like they will be short of goals with Freddie Sears also adding to the fire power. Prediction: 2nd

Peterborough United will also be aiming for a top two finish this season under Darren Ferguson, after finishing just outside the play-offs last season. Ferguson has brought in experienced players that’ll be key for Posh this year; with the likes of Mark Beevers, Mo Eisa, Christy Pym and George Boyd, who has rejoined as a club legend, the manager has made his intentions clear for promotion this season. Prediction: 3rd

Another contender to go up this season is Rotherham United, after a poor season in the Championship, Paul Warne and his Millers will look to make amends, a reshaped Rotherham side could give them the confidence to get straight back up to the Championship at the first time of asking. Prediction: 4th

Portsmouth are a club who are looking for an automatic spot this season, a team who beat the Sky Blues twice last year, have added to their already strong squad; by bringing in play-off contenders, Doncaster Rovers star striker, John Marquis. Pompey will be a real threat against Coventry and the teams up and around them this season. Prediction: 5th

Doncaster Rovers look to be the Sky Blues closest rivals for that final play-off spot, With the loss of their star goalkeeper, Marko Marosi to Coventry and striker Marquis to Portsmouth, Donny have struggled this summer but with the addition of Reece James from Sunderland and Madger Gomes from Deportivo Alaves, Rovers will still be hot on Coventry’s tail for that last play-off sport. Prediction: 7th

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Posh Appoint Darren Ferguson on 3 year Deal

Peterborough United have today confirmed, the appointment of Darren Ferguson and his Assistant Gavin Strachan, son of manager Gordon Strachan, as their new management team on 3 year contracts.

Though this is new, the appointment is the 3rd Time that Ferguson has taken charge at Peterborough and the Owners of the club have stated

“It was vitally important that we appointed a manager that we can trust and who understands our core philosophies as a club. The style of play, production of young players and taking on young and hungry talent and developing those players is what Peterborough United is renowned for and in the last 18 months we have veered away from that.

Ferguson’s previous times in charge at Peterborough have seen the club enjoy good success and it seems, that though he has stepped away from the club before, quite possibly, it is his spiritual home.

Appointed as Interim boss in December, results haven’t been kind so far for him and his team, with the Posh lying 17th in the current form table with 4 defeats from their last 6, which is not ideal form for their current position.

However, Ferguson will want the team to be organised, efficient and hopefully thrust Peterborough back to winning ways fairly quickly, so though they are not enjoying the best of fortunes now, that will not last long.

As Darragh MacAnthony Stated

Both Stewart and Jason have loved working with Darren and although the results on the pitch have not been anywhere near where we would have liked, it is not about the current form, it is about the long-term aspirations of this football club.

Can Peterbrough push their way out of their poor form under Ferguson’s tutelage or will they continue on their downward spiral?

Will the Dons,see off the Posh

Now for older readers of this post, it might well evoke memories of the day at Wembley when top coin John Motsons phrase

The crazy gang have beaten the Culture Club

 

Well it might not be the culture club tonight, but it is the Posh of Peterborough United who visit the Cherry Red Records Stadium, to play AFC Wimbledon in a EFL league 1 Fixture,  a resurgent AFC Wimbledon it must be said, who have not experienced the season they were hoping for and are currently showing how strong they are by propping up the rest of League 1

Since the appointment of Wally Downes in December last year, what was looking an increasingly lost cause, given AFC Wimbledon’s league posistion then and number of points adrift, the team has become galvanised and more solid defensively, moving away from a 4-4-2 to a 3-5-2 formation, which is a formation some say is better suited and more flexible for football needs

One look at the current League One table shows, AFC Wimbledon, still bottom of the league, with 33 points and a minus 23 goal difference, while Peterborough United lie 7th with 55 points and a goal difference of plus 6

So given that scenario, the betsters might well be saying that the odds favour Peterborough, who have recently had a managerial change, with Darren Ferguson taking charge from Steve Evans. Darren Ferguson’s teams are usually well organised, efficient and can be hard to break down

But when you compare the current form of both teams, then a very different story emerges

AFC Wimbledon are 7th, with a plus 1 Goal difference and 10 points from a possible 18

Peterborough United are 17th with a minus 3 goal difference and 6 points.

The team news going into tonight’s match is that AFC Wimbledon, have a fully fit squad, which will bear some resemblance to the last match against Doncaster, to choose from, as well as potential returnees from injury in the shape of Kwesi Appiah ( who has also earned a call up to Ghana’s squad for the Africa cup of nations) Dylan Connolly and quite possibly the experienced Rod McDonald

Wally Downe’s has stressed before he is loath to change a winning team unless he has to, so these guys will be useful additions to have on the bench, if required

Peterborough could hand a recall to striker Ivan Toney, who was available after suspension, but only made the bench for their previous match, but they are without, both Siriki Dembele and Josh Knight who are injured.

The stats also make further interesting reading when you consider

Each of the two meetings between AFC Wimbledon and Peterborough at Kingsmeadow have ended level – drawing 2-2 last season & while that result wouldn’t be a disaster for AFC Wimbledon, it would be a set back for sure as a win puts them right back in the mix to stay up

Peterborough are unbeaten in their last four games against Wimbledon (W1 D3) since a 1-0 loss at home in October 2016.

AFC Wimbledon boss Wally Downes, while in charge of Brentford,  has never beaten Peterborough  losing three and drawing two of five meetings in all competitions between September 2002 and January 2004.

However Wimbledon are a unique history making club, with excellent firsts, so that record could well change tonight

Perhaps the most interesting stat of all is this though Under Darren Ferguson, Peterborough have lost eight of their last nine matches played on a Tuesday in all competitions, drawing the other 2-2 with Bristol Rovers in January.

Either way, it promises to be a good match, which kicks off at 7.45pm

Have the wheels fallen off the Peterborough promotion bus?

Flashback to 31st of October and the Posh were sat in second place only two points behind leaders Portsmouth. However, Peterborough fans would be in for a scare as fast forward to this weekend and Peterborough have fallen down to 7th and sit outside the play-off places on goal difference. But what has gone wrong at the ABAX Stadium?

Start of the season
Peterborough United started the season like a house on fire with the Posh picking up 5 wins in their first 5 games with impressive results against fellow promotion contenders Charlton Athletic (1-0) and a (5-1) thrashing of Derek Adams’ Plymouth Argyle. It appeared to both fans and pundits that Steve Evans had brought back the good times to ABAX Stadium. The bookmakers also believed that the Glaswegian could achieve his 7th promotion as a manager with Posh third favourites to win the league by mid-September.

Transfers
It was a busy summer window for the Posh with Evans the conductor of a mass exodus at the ABAX with 18 players leaving the squad. Peterborough lost key players during the summer window including talisman, Jack Marriott. However, it appeared at first that Evans had dealt well with the loss of Marriott to Derby County. Evans brought in 17 players that summer including former Stevenage striking sensation, Matt Godden, League One regular Ivan Toney, Promising Youngster Siriki Dembele and Nottingham Forest loanee Jason Cummings. In the first few months, it appeared that the new wave of players brought in by Evans would be good enough to carry Peterborough to the Championship. For example, Jason Cummings started the 2018/19 season on fire with the Edinborough born forward scoring six goals in his first five league games. Cummings subsequently won August player of the Month for League One. However, Cummings couldn’t maintain his form and within a space of months was recalled by Forest and is currently spending the rest of the season out on loan at title-chasing Luton.

The sacking of Steve Evans
At first, it appeared that Evans had successfully handled the large squad turnover and was guiding the Posh to the Championship for the first time since 2013. However, after a few months into the season, it became apparent that the brand of football offered up by the Scot was not going to be good enough to achieve promotion to the second tier of English football. Peterborough United sacked Evans on the 26th of January after a poor run of results with the Posh only picking up one win in the whole of January. Fans had become tired of his brand of football and were happy to see the back of the former Leeds United manager. Evans had failed to manage a large squad and with unattractive football had forced the club into making a move. However, some fans claimed that the move to sack Evans was unjustified by the board as at the time of the sacking the Posh were sat in sixth.

The new man to guide Posh to promotion
After Evans was sacked Darren Ferguson took charge of the Posh for the third time in his career. Ferguson, who has achieved three promotions with Peterborough, was delighted to be back at London Road. The appointment was meant to reinvigorate the squad for the last 17 games and help the club achieve promotion. However, it appears the opposite effect has happened with the club currently sat in 7th place after a (3-1) defeat to Bradford. Ferguson has only won two games in his first 7 games in charge and under his reign has seen the club fall outside the playoff places for the first time this season.

Can Peterborough achieve promotion?
Yes! Although Peterborough have fallen out of the playoff places for the first time this season, the Cambridgeshire based side only sit outside the play-off places on goal difference. Arguably it takes time for a new manager to adjust to the squad as Ferguson had no input in constructing the squad and has inherited the squad from Evans. Peterborough still have great players to call on in the next ten games to help the club to achieve promotion with both Ivan Toney and Godden edging close to a 20 goal total for the season and Ferguson also has the talents of Marcus Maddison to rely on with the midfielder already contributing to 20 goals this season.

Do you think that the Posh can achieve promotion?

Bury VS Oldham| Who needs the win more?

Tomorrow sees a huge clash not just in the League Two promotion race but for the bragging rights in Lancashire. The game between Bury and Oldham is a fiercely contested fixture which brings huge crowds and big tackles. Both sides have adapted qute well to life in League Two with Bury sitting pretty in second place just two points behind Lincoln and Oldham in 11thjust six points off the play offs but they now have Manchester United legend Paul Scholes at the wheel.

The home side have not lost in 2019 with The Shakers winning eight out of a possible ten since the turn of the year. An impressive feat for manager Ryan Lowe as he must be feeling that promotion is a very real possibility. However, with this being their third game in just eight days he may have to rotate his squad. To make rotation harder Bury could be without Scott Wharton after he picked up a groin strain against Exeter, this on top of being without Stephen Dawson (foot) and forward Jermaine Beckford (knee). 

Paul Scholes has tasted every result possible on paper from his first three games in charge of The Latics as he has a win, a draw and a loss. This will be the new managers first taste of a derby from the dugout and from both his supporting and playing days he will know exactly what this means for the fans. 

Bury and Oldham have played forty-eight times, with both sides being deadlocked at fifteen wins each. Meaning the remaining eighteen games have ended all square.

In the last three meetings between Bury and Oldham, there has been thirteen goals scored.

A loss wouldn’t be a disaster for Bury who can’t fall out of the automatic promotion places with a defeat but The Shakers will surely want to keep momentum going heading into the crunch end of the season. A draw would definitely be something that Ryan Lowe may secretly settle for considering anything can happen in such a big derby.

Paul Scholes will know that a defeat could leave Oldham nine points off the play-offs with only twelve games to play so you can bet he will demand a big performance from his players. Callum Lang and Tom Hamer are both doubtful for Oldham coming into the game with Lang in particular a huge miss. This blow could be offset with Oldham set to take nearly 3000 fans to Gigg Lane it could be an atmosphere to remember and if the game is half as good as the crowd we are in for a cracker. 

Its certain to be a great game at Gigg Lane with Oldham possibly needing the three points more than their hosts Bury. Who do you think will win this huge derby?