Peterborough Utd. - Newcastle United

Peterborough needed eight rounds in Championship to got paid for some earlier good performances and notice a win. They overplayed QPR on the road (1-1), before that Palace at home (also 1-1), were fine at home against league giants WBA (2-3) and Sheff.Wed. (1-1) and their good displays finally turned into points. Against Reading at Saturday, Posh were two goals down at half-time, but came back and won 3-2. Manager Darren Ferguson (better known as Sir Alex’s son) now wants something more and he’s set to name a full-strength side, the same eleven as against Royals. Key defender, Charlie Lee remains sidelined with the ankle injury, but Ferguson has no other injury problems.. This is just the start of the season and I think we’ll wait some time to see the final limits of this squad. So far, obvious characteristics are fighting spirit and lack of respect to anyone especially at their home, London Road. Peterborough have scored 16 goals in their 10 matches in all competitions this season, failing to score in just one game. In combination with the shaky defence, it usually brings goals on both sides. Tonight’s opponent is the most expensive team in the league, bookies and audience have already written off the Posh and that should be more than enough for the hosts to be fully motivate for a tough battle.

Start of the season showed Newcastle’s clear ambition not to stay too much in the second tier. Big turbulence in the club about new owner, havn’t made serious impact to the players. Six wins from eight games launched them into direct promotion zone. But, they faced a big problems with injured players, lately. Excellent striker, Shola Ameobi broke his foot and won’t be in action for a while, while midfielder Jonas Gutierrez has a hamstring injury and also remains sidelined. New face at medical service is on-loan right-back Danny Simpson who picked a knock against Plymouth on Saturday and his appearance is doubtful. Another on-loan signing (and another defender), Zurab Khizanishvili, is ineligible for the game having already played in the second round of the competition for Blackburn. Beside these missings, boss Chris Hughton intends to rest some keys for Saturday’s trip to Ipswich and will give a chance to his youngsters, like Nile Ranger, Kazenga LuaLua, Tamas Kadar, Ryan Donaldson or Haris Vuckic. For the Magpies, return in the Premier is absolute priority. In the previous Cup’s round, they were struggling and defeated League One represent - Huddersfield Town 4-3, coming from two behind on the half-time. On the other hand, they surely won’t play with the club’s name and their pride. Peterborough should be beaten and that’s something what everyone expects from this game.

Hosts want to defeat a big name, additionally raise their confidence and “money moment” shouldn’t be overlooked. They pay attention to this competition and will play with the strongest squad, but will have to cope with strong opponent and some problems in defence line. Newcastle don’t rank this competition too high and will play with some fringe players and youngsters, but even like that should win at London Road. I predict an open game and goals on both sides. Expext offer 1.95. Over.

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