The Posh travel to Bolton this weekend, where they will have to take on the status as the underdog. Last season, Bolton did the double over Peterborough, wining 5-0 and 1-0 in this exact fixture.
The Trotters had an excellent start to the season, boasting a 100% win record across their first three matches. However, the heavy 4-0 defeat to arch rivals Wigan, seems to have disrupted the rhythm of the squad, with the following game ending in a disappointing 1-1 draw against a poor Burton team. Ian Evatt’s side have been extremely strong at home this season, which puts them in a great position to win on Saturday. They have claimed around 70% of their total points for the season at home and the games that they have been victorious in were convincing.
However last time out, they were stunned by Reading and lost 2-1. The Trotters took an early lead thanks to Dion Charles and went into the break one goal up. Yet in the second half, they were unable to assert their dominance and control on the game which lead to a Royals comeback. The side will be desperate to redeem themselves this weekend and they have an opportunity to do so in a fairly big game.
The Posh also started the season with a perfect record after three games and were absolutely flying until they stumbled at the next hurdle against Northampton where they lost 1-0, the next two matches also ended in defeat for Peterborough. Darren Ferguson’s side have also been inconsistent on the road this season with their first two away games ending in victory and their previous two ending in defeat.
This week, they were handed an almost free victory against Cheltenham which allowed them to get back on the right path, as James Olayinka received a red card for violent conduct within the first five minutes. Peterborough went on to dominate the tie, but they only found the breakthrough in the 56th minute, with the game concluding 3-0.
Bolton will be confident that they can beat Peterborough this weekend and they will be desperate to redeem themselves after last week’s performance. The Posh’s away form combined with the Trotters solid home form leads me to believe the hosts will just steal all three points.
The final prediction is Bolton 2-1 Peterborough.