MATCH PREVIEW: Peterborough United v Bristol Rovers

GasCast Match Previews by Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers travel to high flying Peterborough United this week looking to avoid a sixth consecutive defeat in all competitions.

A 2-0 defeat at Oxford last weekend saw Rovers edge even closer to the drop, with the gap now down to just goal difference between them and the relegation zone, although Rovers have played less matches than the teams around them.

After the defeat at the Kassam, manager Paul Tisdale though has spoken of the club’s current poor run of form and is adamant his side can turn things around.

“Well I’m looking at the league today and I would say we’ve lost the last three league games,” Tisdale told BristolLive.

“I’m not sure I’m going to put Sheffield United into the mix, or the Trophy game, with due respect.

“We’ve just lost three league games. I’m confident of what I’ve seen in the dressing room and I’m learning very quickly about the players and I know that we need some rhythm in our team.

“The games are coming thick and fast, and that’s the worry. You don’t get much time to work on it.

“But there is a long way to go. I’m very confident that I can affect this team and the players can do their jobs.

“We’ve got work to do and today is not a very pleasing afternoon, but we have another game on Tuesday.”

Rovers will be without midfielder Ed Upson, who remains out although Tisdale did confirm that Erhun Oztumer is nearing a return.

New signing George Williams looks set to start for the first time after coming on as a substitute in the defeat at Oxford.

Peterborough go into the game on a run that is stark contrast to that of their opponents.

Posh are unbeaten in eight matches in all competitions, winning their last four, including an impressive away win over Ipswich last time out and goalkeeper Christy Pym believes that they have put a warning out to the rest of the division with that result.

“Whenever you go away to play Ipswich, regardless of the form they are in, and you come away with a clean sheet and a victory, it is a good day at the office and we are pleased with the three points,” Pym told Peterborough Today.

“In truth, I didn’t really have a lot to do as the defenders in front of me protected me very well and it was just a matter of whether or not we could nick one at the other end, and we did that.

“To get nine points from three difficult games is a great return. They were different types of games. We had to show different sides to our game. We are in a good place at the minute and hopefully that continues.

I think people in the league will look at the Ipswich result and off the back of two home wins and they will be thinking we are in a good place at the minute. We are but we can’t let it slip.”

Posh will be without winger Joe Ward through injury, fellow midfielder Ronnie Edwards has returned to training after a period of self-isolation but the midweek match may come too soon for him.

Manager Darren Ferguson may opt to play the same team impressively overcame Ipswich meaning former Rovers striker and League One top scorer Jonson Clarke-Harris will face his former club.

Lineup Predictions:

Posh Predicted XI (3-4-1-2): Pym (GK), Thompson, Beevers, Kent, Kanu, Taylor, Brown, Butler, Szmodics, Dembele, Clarke-Harris.

Gas Predicted XI (5-3-2):

Score Predictions:

Max – Posh 4-1 The Gas

Mets, Harley and Simon – Posh 3-0 The Gas