This fixture features two sides at completely opposite ends of the spectrum. It wasn’t too many years ago that Peterborough were slogging away in League Two, while Newcastle were one of the Premier Division’s top sides. Both are experiencing completely contrasting seasons now as well, with Peterborough almost certainly doomed to relegation while Newcastle look odds on to make an immediate return to the top flight.
After being taken over a few years ago, the last three seasons at Peterborough have been highly entertaining for their supporters. They’ve experienced a climb from the bottom of League Two right the way into the Championship, although it now looks as though that rise is about to stop. The Posh are currently bottom of the table, thirteen points from safety and know that a defeat in this game could confirm their mathematic relegation. Of course, even if they do conjure up a victory, they look doomed to League One and manager Jim Gannon must surely be preparing for next season already. They’ve lost their last four games and considering Newcastle’s blistering season, don’t be surprised if the London Road outfit find themselves officially relegated come tomorrow evening.
Newcastle on the other hand are doing exactly what many pundits expected and look almost certain to be a Premiership side next season. Despite trouble off the field, the Magpies are thirteen points clear from 3rd place Nottingham Forest and should they win this game and Forest experience defeat, Chris Hughton’s men will be mathematically promoted. The main goal now will be to ensure that the Championship is wrapped up and that will prove a little trickier. The St James’ Park outfit are just one point ahead of 2nd place West Brom although having played one game less; they still look firm favourites to lift the Championship title.
In terms of team news, it’s mixed news for the home side as Jim Gannon welcomes back Liam Dickinson but could still be without the services of several other men. Chris Whelpdale, Ryan Bennett and Craig Morgan are all struggling with injuries and look certain to miss out this one. It’s a similar story for Newcastle who will be without Fitz Hall, Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor who are all three injured. However, Chris Hughton should be able to recall Alan Smith who missed the last encounter through a knock.
It looks like these two clubs have already wrapped up their own fate and even though Peterborough will be battling for pride; we firmly expect an away win. Newcastle are far superior on paper and with the lure of the title on offer, we’ll predict a comfortable 2-0 win for the visitors in this one.