Match Preview | Peterborough United vs. Cardiff City
Mick McCarthy’s men are on the road again in midweek, taking on Peterborough United at the Weston Homes Stadium. The Bluebirds will face Darren Ferguson’s side on Tuesday, 17th August at 7:45pm.
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Tickets are still available for Tuesday evening’s fixture against Peterborough, and can be purchased at the Weston Homes Stadium ticket office on the matchday.
General Ticket Prices (Matchday)
65+ Over: £25.00
Under 12: £7.00
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Opposition Focus: Season so far
United earned promotion from League One to the Championship last season, returning to the second tier after an eight-year absence. Darren Ferguson returned to the Weston Homes Stadium for a third spell as the club’s permanent boss in 2019, and guided them to a second-place finish in the third division last term. Peterborough recorded 87 league points to claim automatic promotion, seven clear of Blackpool in third position and two behind league champions Hull City.
The Posh travelled to Luton Town for their first Championship fixture since 2013, but suffered a 3-0 defeat on opening day. Elijah Adebayo, Harry Cornick and Fred Onyedinma scored the goals for the Hatters, giving the Posh a tough start to life in the second tier. That defeat was followed by another heavy loss, as United fell 4-0 to Plymouth Argyle in the First Round of the Carabao Cup on August 10th.
However, Ferguson’s side did manage to record their first win of the campaign on the weekend, defeating Derby County in dramatic fashion. Jack Stretton had given the Rams the lead after 77 minutes, though an injury to Colin Kazim-Richards meant there was over ten minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the second half. United found a 90+1st minute equaliser from Harrison Burrows, who tapped the ball home, unmarked, at the back post. Ten minutes into injury time, Siriki Dembélé popped up with a late winner, capitalising on Nathan Byrne’s error before firing a low finish into the bottom corner which turned the result on its head and sealed what could already be a vital three points for United.
Opposition Focus: Summer signings
Jack Marriott returned to Peterborough upon the expiration of his contract with Derby County, having previously featured for the Posh during the 2017/18 campaign. During his solitary previous campaign with the club, the forward netted 33 goals in 56 appearances, earning him a spot in both the EFL League One Team of the Season and PFA League One Team of the Year. The 26-year-old, who spent the majority of last season on loan with Sheffield Wednesday, missed Peterborough’s opening league fixture at Luton Town, but made his second debut for the club in United’s weekend win over his former club, Derby.
Joel Randall has already faced the Bluebirds once this season, having starred for Exeter City during our 2-2 draw with the Grecians at Cardiff International Sports Stadium. Randall swapped Exeter for Peterborough nine days after our fixture in the Welsh capital, signing a four-year deal at the Weston Homes Stadium. The 21-year-old enjoyed a fine campaign in 2020/21, scoring ten goals and recording five assists in all competitions as Exeter ended the League Two season in ninth spot. The midfielder has featured in all three of Peterborough’s early season fixtures.
Josh Knight spent last season on loan at Wycombe Wanderers from Leicester City, making an impressive debut campaign in the second tier. The young defender made 37 appearances at Adams Park, scoring once, but could not prevent the Chairboys from suffering relegation. Aged 23, Knight moved to Peterborough on a permanent basis in July, having previously enjoyed two loan spells with the club during the 2018/19 and 2019/20 campaigns. Comfortable in either defence or midfield, Knight started against both Luton and Plymouth, and came off the bench against Derby on the weekend.
Opposition Focus: Ones to watch
Jonson Clarke-Harris was signed by Peterborough last summer to replace the outgoing Ivan Toney, and has so far certainly lived up to expectation. Like Toney, Clarke-Harris also scooped an EFL Golden Boot Award last term, scoring 31 times in League One, with a strike rate of one goal every 126 minutes. The 27-year-old, who has previously featured for Rotherham United, Coventry City and Bristol Rovers in recent seasons, is yet to get off the mark this season, and will be looking to do so on Tuesday evening.
Siriki Dembélé scored United’s dramatic late winner against Derby County on the weekend, having come on as a second half substitute. The 24-year-old joined Peterborough in 2018 having impressed for Grimsby Town; Dembélé scooped the EFL Young Player of the Month Award whilst at Blundell Park in October 2017. Eligible for both the Ivory Coast and Scotland, Dembélé has scored 22 goals for the Posh since his arrival, including an impressive 11 league strikes during the 2020/21 campaign, with an additional 12 assists to his name last season.
Dan Butler spent three years in South Wales with Newport County, featuring on 160 occasions for the Exiles before moving to Peterborough in 2019. Playing an important role on the left flank, the defender became an integral part of Ferguson’s side as they earned promotion to the Championship last season. Capable of creating chances higher up the field, Butler provided six assists from 42 appearances last term, with three goals for the club to his name thus far.