On Saturday, Peterborough United will host Shrewsbury Town in a replay of a recent FA Cup second-round matchup that the Shrews won in an effort to snap a skid of four straight league losses.
The Posh have fallen to sixth place in League One due to a dramatic slump in their play, while their opponents are now only two points behind them following back-to-back victories.
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After a shaky start to their first season back in League One after being demoted from the Championship the previous campaign, Peterborough United improved their chances of being promoted with three straight victories in late October, defeating Oxford United, Accrington Stanley, and Cambridge United to move onto 31 points from 17 games.
Grant McCann’s team then traveled to Exeter with the intention of extending that run and increasing pressure on the top two. However, they were defeated 3-2 and have been unable to recover in the league since, suffering their fourth straight loss in the third division.
The Posh returned to league play at the beginning of December and lost 2-1 at home to Barnsley before attempting to get back on track in a difficult test away at Ipswich Town last time out. Following narrow defeats at home to Bristol Rovers and a 3-1 loss to Saturday’s opponents in the FA Cup, the Posh suffered two more league losses before Saturday’s opponents.
Conor Chaplin scored the game’s first goal, and Frankie Kent tied the score for McCann’s team early in the second half. However, Chaplin would later score the game’s second goal on the hour mark to deny the Posh a share of the spoils and prolong their winless streak.
The Posh are in dire need of a victory at home this weekend after falling behind the division’s top five teams and down to sixth position, where they currently lead seventh-placed Derby County and the Shrews by just two points and goal differential, respectively.
After their recent FA Cup performance, Peterborough will encounter a Shrewsbury Town team that will be looking to continue their ascent up the division and deliver another hammering.
The Shrews had dropped down the division and had just 23 points from 19 games after collecting just two points in six straight League One games in October and November. However, their FA Cup second-round match against the Posh gave them newfound confidence as they advanced with a victory at New Meadow thanks to goals from Tom Bayliss, Matthew Pennington, and Luke Leahy.
Steve Cotterill’s team would build on that in the subsequent match to end their winless streak in England’s third tier with a victory at home against Lincoln City at the beginning of December.
Leahy and Bayliss were once again on the scoresheet. After that, they faced a challenging test against Bolton Wanderers at home the following game in an effort to keep their winning streak going.
In that match, Rob Street gave them the lead early on, but the Shrews trailed 2-1 into the last 15 minutes before Christian Saydee tied the score and Chey Dunkley gave them the lead for good with a 92nd-minute winner.
Shrewsbury can continue their ascent towards the playoff spots and surpass their rivals if they are able to repeat their cup performance and hand the Posh another defeat after those six points in the last two weeks quickly propelled them up to 10th place.
Although the two teams are in quite different states of play, we do not anticipate Shrewsbury taking all three points away from home and believe that they will instead force a respectable draw with a Peterborough club that has more talent but is not at its best.