Peterborough United host Scott Parker’s AFC Bournemouth at Weston Homes Stadium on Wednesday (7.45 p.m.) as they look to strengthen their formidable home form this season.
Darren Ferguson’s men’s road struggles continued as they fell 3-0 to Coventry City on Friday night, resulting in 16 goals conceded in five away games so far this season.
However, like last season, it looks like home form could be the recipe for Posh’s survival this season, picking up all of their seven points at Weston Homes Stadium. However, they will face one of their toughest tests of the season when they host second-placed AFC Bournemouth tonight.
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Siriki Dembele was forced to injure himself in the 3-0 loss to Coventry City on Friday, but has “a chance” to be in the game after a scan earlier this week found no damage. Jonson Clarke-Harris played on Friday night after the club appealed the four-game ban and is set to start tonight.
Mark Beevers, Joe Randall, Jack Marriott and Ricky Jade-Jones are all unavailable for the game against AFC Bournemouth.
Planned lineup: Cornell, Ward, Thompson, Kent, Edwards, Butler, Taylor, Norburn, Grant, Clarke-Harris and Dembele
View of the opposition
AFC Bournemouth – also known as The Cherries – were one of the favorites to get promotion back to the Premier League this season, and they haven’t disappointed so far. They have yet to lose a league game this campaign.
Scott Parker, who was named head coach after leaving Fulham this summer, will see his side enter today’s game of a 2-1 win over Luton Town this weekend thanks to goals from Phillip Billing and Dominic Solanke, extending their winning streak to four. Games.
Ferguson said in his pre-match interview he knew what to expect from Parker’s Bournemouth and was happy with the home performance so far this season.
“Scott Parker has a clear identity, you know his teams will love to take the ball down and play and they have had a great start to the season. It’s a game everyone should look forward to.
“We’ve been very good at home this season, we’re probably three points away from where we should be from home games, but I’m happy with our performance in front of our supporters and we have back-to-back home games. now before the break. “
You have to go back 10 years to find out when these two teams last met in the domestic league, it was a six-goal thriller set on what was called London Road at the time.
Both sides were battling for promotion, with four points separating Posh in third at Bournemouth in sixth, and it was Ferguson’s men who took a 3-0 lead at the break after two first-half goals from Craig Mackail -Smith and a strike from Tommy Rowe.
However, the Cherries recovered a goal before the break, as current Aston Villa forward Danny Ings returned from a corner. With 20 minutes to go, Steven Fletcher closed the lead to one goal when he headed Liam Feeney’s cross.
The visitors then sealed a remarkable comeback in added time after a howl from Posh goalkeeper Joe Lewis gave Adam Smith the opportunity to score his first goal for Bournemouth.
Posh has a decent record against The Cherries, winning 23 of 45 games, but the opposition has been more successful in recent times.
Last five meetings
Posh 3-3 AFC Bournemouth – April 2011
AFC Bournemouth 5-1 Posh – August 2010
AFC Bournemouth 0-1 Posh – Apr 2005
Posh 0-1 AFC Bournemouth – November 2004
Posh 0-1 AFC Bournemouth – April 2004
There’s no denying that tonight’s game will be a challenge for Ferguson’s men against one of the best teams in the championship. But, if Posh had a chance, it would be in front of a crowded Weston Homes stadium, and it will surely be an electric atmosphere tonight.
Chic 1-1 Bournemouth