Cheltenham travel to the Weston Homes Stadium on Tuesday evening, where they will face an inconsistent Peterborough United. When the two sides met last season, we witnessed two fixtures full of goals, with Cheltenham winning 3-0 in this exact tie and the Posh securing a 3-2 win at Cheltenham.
After just three games, Peterborough boasted a 100% win record and they looked like a side that could progress to that next level this campaign. However since then, their momentum and results have somewhat fell off a cliff, to a point where they are now without a win in their previous four League One outings. At home this season, the Posh have been hit or miss and the performance versus Derby, where the visitors scored four in the first half, seems to have been the catalyst of this small blip.
Last time out, Peterborough drew 1-1 with Leyton Orient at home, in a game that didn’t see too much action. Darren Ferguson’s side took the lead in the 21st minute through Hector Kyprianou but just ten minutes later they had conceded the equaliser. The second half was a very poor showing from both sides and despite the Posh accumulating 70% possession, they only managed one attempt at goal in the entire second period. They have a chance to redeem themselves this week and on paper, this fixture versus the Robins looks like the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways.
Cheltenham’s shocking start to the season looks set to continue unless Wade Elliot can spark a miraculous turn around in a matter of days. This campaign genuinely couldn’t have started any worse for the Robins and their 23rd place is unfortunately what they deserve. They are without a win thus far and have lost six of their first seven, but what will concern the Robins faithful the most, is that they are yet to score a single goal.
Top of the table Exeter were the most recent side to hand Elliot a defeat and Cheltenham never really threatened throughout the game. Although the score was 0-0 at halftime, they did perform slightly better in the second half in an attacking sense, but that was because they were a goal down by the 70th minute and no longer had anything to hold on to. Ultimately, Cheltenham were unable to create anything and the game ended 1-0.
Cheltenham are in for another tough game against Peterborough and the hosts will be confident that they can turn their underwhelming run of form around. Even if the Robins don’t get any points out of the game, a goal for them in this game may just give them the confidence to improve.
The final prediction is Peterborough 2-0 Cheltenham.