STAR PREVIEW: Peterborough v WBA
[dropcap]F[/dropcap]rustration yesterday with West Ham winning but not in ‘regulation’ time. It was a good game but reinforced how random football can be at times and the fine margins. So many woodwork strikes by both sides it could have legitimately ended up as any one of around eight score permutations.
More Cup action tonight and West Brom twice let a lead slip at the Hawthorns with Jon Taylor’s 86th minute equaliser for Peterborough forcing this replay.
Apart from the financial benefits – it’s probably a match that both sides could do without. Peterborough are fighting hard to get involved in the League One play-off zone after their form slipped a little with consecutive defeats at the hands of Gillingham and Burton.
West Brom still have work to do in the Premier League to consider themselves safe. They are currently in 14th and six points off the basement three. It normally wouldn’t be too much of a concern but bear in mind the Baggies have to face Leicester, Man U and Arsenal in consecutive matches at the beginning of March.
The Posh have proved strong at home this season and have lost just one of their last nine games.
Both teams have their fair share of injury woes.
For Peterborough Michael Smith and Ricardo Santos are banned and Jack Baldwin is doubtful with a back injury.
Gabriel Zakuani is available after his hamstring problem but lacks fitness. Tom Nichols and Adil Nabi are both ineligible.
West Brom may be without Gareth McAuley, Craig Dawson and Jonas Olsson who all suffered injuries against Newcastle.
Jonny Evans is a major doubt and Chris Brunt, Callum McManaman and James Morrison remain out.
Both teams are therefore likely to have a fair amount of rotation. Peterborough manager Graham Westley said: “I am going to be surprised by what we produce, because the team I am going to put out on Wednesday is not going to be a group of lads that has ever played together before.”
Peterborough United v West Brom
FA Cup 4th Round Replay
19:45 BBC One / BBC One HD
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
Jan 2016 FA CUP West Brom 2-2 Peterborough
Dec 2009 CHAMPIONSHIP West Brom 2-0 Peterborough
Aug 2009 CHAMPIONSHIP Peterborough 2-3 West Brom
Jan 2009 FA CUP Peterborough 0-2 West Brom
Jan 2009 FA CUP West Brom 1-1 Peterborough
Jan 2008 FA CUP Peterborough 0-3 West Brom
Aug 2007 CARLING CUP Peterborough 0-2 West Brom
Jan 1994 DIV 1 Peterborough 2-0 West Brom
Oct 1993 DIV 1 West Brom 3-0 Peterborough
Apr 1992 DIV 3 (OLD) Peterborough 0-0 West Brom
There have been plenty of televised draws in the last week – hopefully I won’t jinx that trend by having a little on the draw tonight at around 12/5 with Star Sports.
RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)
BACK DRAW for 6 points at around 12/5 with Star Sports
RETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: LOSS 16.31 POINTS