Fleetwood Town travel to Peterborough United on the opening day of the Sky Bet League One season, and we have all you need to know in our match preview.
Fixture: Peterborough United v Fleetwood Town
Competition: Sky Bet League One
Date: Saturday 3rd August 2019
Venue: Weston Homes Stadium, London Road, Peterborough, PE2 8AL
Match officials: Robert Lewis (Referee), Thomas Harty & Anthony Da Costa (Assistants), Gareth Viccars (Fourth Official)
Fleetwood took on Premier League side Burnley on Tuesday night in very hot and humid conditions at Highbury Stadium, and Town for most parts put pressure on the visitors by knocking the ball round well, as well as creating some excellent chances.
Burnley did take the lead just before the break through Ali Kiocki, with second half substitute Chris Wood making it two shortly after. The match finished 2-0 to Sean Dyche's men, with head coach Joey Barton pleased with what he saw from his players.
Town have also played against Preston North End – where the Cod Army won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Ash Hunter. Carlisle United, Port Vale, Millwall and Wrexham were also opponents faced in pre-season.
Peterborough have had a busy pre-season with nine fixtures, with matches against Grimsby Town, Bedford Town and Championship side, Reading.
Darren Ferguson has made plenty of signings in the summer, with the latest being Knight – who rejoins the club after a successful loan spell at the Weston Homes Stadium.
The boss has confirmed that only Matt Godden is unavailable for the opening day fixture due to a slight strain, but is expected to be fit for their match away at Oxford United.
Fleetwood Town head coach Joey Barton spoke to the press on Thursday ahead of the opening game of the season. You can read more by clicking here, or watch the full interview on our official iFollow.
LAST TIME WE MET
The last time Fleetwood and Peterborough met was at the back end of last season at Highbury Stadium.
With Darren Ferguson seeing his side take the lead through Marcus Maddison, Town fought back to level through Ashley Hunter after local lad James Hill put in a deadly throw-in which wasn’t cleared by the Posh defender. The match finished one-a-piece. Watch the full highlights.
ONE TO WATCH
The one to watch for Peterborough is Marcus Maddison. The 25-year-old scored against Fleetwood last time the two sides met, and has been ever present for the Posh since his arrival in 2014.
The creative midfielder started off his career at Newcastle United, before he headed to Scotland to play St Johnstone. He then moved to Gateshead in August 2013 on a free transfer where he played 34 times, scoring 13 goals.
Peterborough came calling in 2014 and within three months, he won the Football League Young Player of the Month award after scoring 4 goals in 5 games. He scored 12 goals and made 22 assists in all competition in the 2017/18 season, with his partnership with Jack Marriot being spotlighted that year.
Adults - £23
Seniors (60+) - £21
Under 22 - £17
Under 18s - £10
Under 12s - £5
* A REMINDER THAT TICKET PRICES WILL BE INCRESED BY £2 IF BOUGHT ON THE DAY OF THE GAME.
Fleetwood are currently 23/10 to collect all three points on the day, with a draw - just like in the last fixture - being 23/10.
For Joey Barton's side to win the game and both teams to score in the match, the odds are 6/1.
And for Wes Burns to score the first goal of the new season for the Cod Army - Get odds of 10/1!
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