Salford City v Peterborough United
Peterborough United should have too much quality for League Two Salford City as the pair line up against each other in an FA Cup replay.
They drew 0-0 last time out and the Ammies haven’t been in the best of form over recent weeks. They haven’t scored in their last four games in all competitions and have won just once in their last seven outings which shows they are struggling a bit. Speaking after their 0-0 draw against AFC Wimbledon over the weekend, boss Neil Wood said his side didn’t take their ‘chances’. Salford have slipped to 9th in the fourth tier table and are now two points off the play-offs which isn’t ideal. To make matters worse, they have a few injury problems to deal with defender Liam Shephard, attacker Conor McAleny and midfield pair Jason Lowe and Stevie Mallan all remaining sidelined. The North West club are seriously lacking a goal threat and have scored just 19 goals so far this season, which is the joint worst return in the top 15 places clubs in their league. Getting promoted is their priority in this campaign and this tricky cup clash has come at the wrong time for them.
The Posh are currently 4th in League One and have won 10 out of their opening 18 games which shows they know how to grind out results. They suffered a setback in their last match away at Exeter City and were beaten 3-2 so will be in search of a response. Their head coach Grant McCann said his side were the ‘better team’ for spells in the game so if they can play like that again they should pick up the victory against Salford. On the selection front, midfield pair Joe Ward and Kwame Poku are pushing for their respective returns and getting them back out there would be a big boost. They offer more creativity than players such as Jeandro Fuchs and Jack Taylor and would provide McCann with fresh legs after a gruelling past couple of months. Peterborough have players who can hurt teams up top and have fired in 34 goals already this season. Jonson Clarke-Harris has 12 goals to his name, whilst the rest are spread across the starting XI with Jack Marriott getting four, Poku and Ricky-Jade Jones on three and Ward, Taylor and Harrison Burrows chipping in with two which shows how dangerous they are from different areas.
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