Peterborough United and Sunderland face off tonight in an early season clash between two teams hoping to be up at the top come the end of the season.
Posh have won every single away League game this season, and will be hoping to continue their strong away form at the Stadium of Light tonight. Sunderland have adjusted well to life in League One, losing once in their first 10 games this season.
Ryan Tafazolli and Ivan Toney have both recovered from knocks they picked up in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Blackpool and are expected to be involved in tonight’s match. However, Tyler Denton and George Cooper look set to both miss out on the match.
Sunderland will be missing midfielder Lee Cattermole through suspension, leaving a space for new signing Max Power to come into the starting eleven. The Black Cats are also set to be missing playmaker Lynden Gooch, who picked up an injury at the Ricoh Arena against Coventry on Saturday. Former Peterborough United centre back Jack Baldwin is expected to be in the side to face his former side as he continues to settle into life at Sunderland.
Posh manager Steve Evans told the Peterborough Telegraph:
“We might have to tweak the way we play at home.
“Teams sit back against us at our place and it’s been more difficult for us to create chances.
“But I’d be a fool to come up with a wacky game plan just because we are playing at Sunderland. We have been terrific away from home all season. We’ve played some great football and scored some stunning goals and we will try and play the same way tomorrow. We will be positive and we will be looking to win.
“Sunderland are a huge club at League One level. We know all about the history and the passion of a fantastic fanbase. They will be favourites which is unusual for us lately, but it’s 11 v 11 and I have a group of players who will not be intimidated by a big crowd or a big club.
“There are lads in my dressing room who have played in front of 30,000 plus gates at Rangers and Celtic. They will be used to the atmosphere they will find tomorrow.”
Sunderland manager Jack Ross told the club’s website:
“Their form has been terrific, and they’ve stayed in those top two places by in large all season, but it’s a game we’re looking forward to.”
“Certainly, they have goals and a threat throughout their team and when you have that it gives you a great opportunity to stay there [at the top].
“I’m looking forward to seeing my players respond against a team that has had a great season so far.
“I think you learn about your players all the time and we’re not shying away from where we want to be this season, but we understand that to be there we have to beat teams like Peterborough.
“You don’t want to be detached from the teams that are in the top two places, and tomorrow’s an opportunity for us to obviously close that gap.
“It’s my first game – first proper game, if you like – under the lights at the Stadium of Light, and I’m looking forward to it.”