Boro take on The Posh on Saturday, with hopes of completing the first double of the season....
Sky Bet League 1
Saturday 22nd February 2014
The Lamex Stadium, Stevenage. SG2 8RH
Weather forecast: 9°c, cloudy and dry
Referee: Oliver Langford
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Last time we met:
Stevenage manager Graham Westley is expected to name a similar squad to the one that took the field against Orient, with no injury news to announce.
For Posh, Jack Payne is the only doubt after suffering with a slight groin injury.
View from the dressing room:
At his pre-match press conference on Thursday, the gaffer spoke about the improvements he's seen recently in the squad:
"I think they're becoming better, as individuals and as a collective. The spirit and atmosphere has definitely changed and the quality of football they're playing has improved. We just need to keep pushing them in the right direction".
He also praised the fans for their performance on Tuesday night:
"They've been tremendous. Their patience with us all is patience that we're all so desperate to reward as we go forward from this point onwards and you can bet that the lads will have them firmly in their mind."
Boro are a tasty 2/1 to beat Peterborough – not bad odds considering the previous result earlier in the season. Lucas Akins got the only goal of that game, he’s 8/1 to score first and for the same result (1-0), the odds are 17/2.
A scorecast double (Akins to score first and the result to finish 1-0) is a huuuuge 50/1!
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Peterborough are still struggling to find the consistent level of form which they’re known for in League 1. Three wins, one draw and four losses in their last eight league games means that they’ve been able to wrestle their play-off spot back off Walsall, although automatic promotion looks like a distant dream now. Within the last few games The Posh have had some good results though; a last-gasp win at Leyton Orient was followed by an important draw at home to Walsall in the league. Most recently, Peterborough progressed to the JPT final after beating Swindon on penalties – let’s hope the players had an extended party to celebrate their trip to Wembley.
There’s no doubt who Posh’s key man is this season. Record-signing Britt Assombalonga has taken Sky Bet League 1 by storm after his big money move to the club and 16 goals this season means he’s the league’s top scorer. At only 21 years of age, Britt clearly had a big future in the game.