Peterborough v Blues preview

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February 22, 2013 by Made In Brum

A point against Wednesday wasn’t really good enough, although annoyingly I couldn’t get to the game having picked up a chest infection. Now I’m still not great but significantly better, much like the Blues defence. A clean sheet is certainly a step in the right direction, but because Zigic missed his golden chance to grab the 3pts to take us to the bliss of midtable obscurity, our relegation fears remain alive for now. I’m going up to Peterborough on Saturday, and because the Posh look to be one of those teams potentially climbing out of the relegation zone and with Marlon King and Callum Reilly doubtful, I can see a nervy afternoon for us.

Peterborough this season

Peterborough are well-wrapped in the relegation battle in 23rd place. They started the season dreadfully, losing all of their opening 7 matches and have been stuck in the drop zone ever since. However, they have been showing some strong signs of getting themselves out of it lately. They completed back-to-back wins on Tuesday night by winning 5-1 at Millwall. I know, only 5 at Millwall?! That’s pretty useless. I do fear though, that we’ve caught them at a time when their survival quest is beginning to gather some momentum.

I’ve been doing some research behind this, and Darren Ferguson favours a 3-5-2 formation. Unlike with Zola at Watford though, this is without the use of wingbacks, which could leave their centre-backs quite exposed. Thankfully, their second top scorer George Boyd, has just left for Hull City, so their main man we’ll need to watch out for is Lee Tomlin. The forward is on 10 for the season now and scored 2 of Posh’s 5 at the Den.

My team

I really hope that that clean sheet was the first of many to follow. I was pleased to hear that in the match we looked quite well organised and restricted Wednesday to few chances, so of course I’d stick with the same keeps and back four.

The big question lies in midfield. I’m glad Spector is back to full fitness, having got 90 minutes under his belt against Wednesday, so I’d partner him with Wade Elliott in midfield. If Clark deems them fit enough, I would have Fahey and Ambrose both on the bench with a view to bringing them on with 10 minutes to go to ease them back into the side. They both could be key players for us in the final third of the season.

It would be Burke and Redmond on the flanks for me. I would want to use their pace to exploit the gaps out wide caused by Ferguson’s 3 at the back system, and Morrison just behind King up front, although I’m not sure why he wasn’t in the match squad against Wednesday. I think by having Ravel in the team, it means you’ve got an extra man to help out in the centre and counter balance their midfield trio, when Posh have the ball. It also means, when we’ve got the ball, that he can pull the strings in an area between their midfield and defence, where he has the space to operate. If you allow a player of Morrison’s quality time on the ball, then he can become a very creative player.

My prediction

I do hate to predict a Blues defeat, especially for a match that I’m going to watch. I just reckon that Peterborough will see this as a big opportunity to get some points on the board towards survival, and not many teams win a match 5-1 and don’t follow it up with a strong performance in the next match. I’m going to have to sell my soul and say it’ll be an agonising 1-0 defeat.

By Gabriel Sutton.

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