A closer look at Peterborough United ahead of their trip to the DW Stadium on Saturday.
- Latics host Peterborough United on Saturday 5 March.
- Gary Caldwell’s side could strengthen grip on Sky Bet League One automatic promotion places with victory potential sending them seven points clear of third place Walsall.
- Posh sit 16th, nine points above the drop zone and eight off the play-offs.
Sky Bet League One
Wigan Athletic v Peterborough United
Saturday 5th March 2016, kick-off 3pm
Latics will look to complete a brilliant week’s work when Peterborough United visit the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
After last weekend’s 3-0 demolition of Bury, Gary Caldwell’s side battled to a hard-fought point at Millwall in midweek, extending their unbeaten run to 13 games in the process.
With five clean sheets in their last six games and just two defeats in their last 27 League One matches, optimism and confidence is high at the DW Stadium.
A win on Saturday could see Latics move as many as seven points clear of third place Walsall, should the Saddlers lose at home to in-form Barnsley whilst the gap could also be closed on leaders Burton Albion who travel to a Crewe Alexandra side who have lost just two of their last nine games.
After five consecutive League One defeats, Peterborough, in contrast, are slipping down the table and, though you would think Graham Westley’s side will not drop into the relegation battle, their hopes of finishing in the top six are hanging by a thread and only a near-perfect run of results between now and the end of the season will bring Posh back into contention.
Free-scoring early in Westley’s reign, the loss of striker Conor Washington to Queens Park Rangers has had in impact with Posh winning just once in their ten games in all competitions since his last appearance for the club in January in a 0-0 draw at Southend United.
The 14 goals Peterborough have conceded in their last five games make them the third worst defence in the division, with only struggling Crewe Alexandra and Colchester United shipping fewer goals than Posh’s 55 league goals this campaign.
PETERBOROUGH IN 2015/16 SO FAR
Last six (league): WLLLLL
Biggest win: 5-1 v Oldham Athletic (a) & Crewe Alexandra (a)
Biggest defeat: 0-4 v Bradford City (h)
Home record: W6 D4 L7
Away record: W7 D1 L9
Goals scored: 57 (28H 29A)
Goals conceded: 55 (28H 27A)
Leading goal-scorer: Marcus Maddison 7 (9 all competitions)
Michael Jacobs, Reece James and Sanmi Odelusi will all miss Saturday’s game, though full back Kevin McNaughton is edging closer to a first team return.
Peterborough welcomed back Jack Baldwin, Kgosi Nthle and Jon Taylor for their defeat to Bury, though they will have to wait and see on striker Lee Angol, goalkeeper Ben Alnwick and midfielder Chris Forrester who didn’t quite make the Gigg Lane fixture.
Striker Joe Gormley and midfielder Jermaine Anderson are long-term injury absentees.
Both sides have a suspension to contend with, as Sam Morsy was sent off for Latics at Millwall and Posh defender Ricardo Almeida Santos was dismissed in their defeat at Bury.
In 16 meetings in all competitions, Posh have only defeated Latics once, with 10 results in our favour and five draws making up the ratio since our first meeting in the 1970/71 FA Cup.
Biggest win: Latics 5 – 0 Peterborough United, 19th January 1982, Football League Division Four.
A Les Bradd double and strikes from Colin Methven, Peter Houghton and Graham Barrow rounded off a five-star showing for Latics.
Biggest defeat: Peterborough United 2 – 0 Latics, 20th February 2001, Football League Division Two.
Second-half goals from Simon Rea and Martin Williams secured Posh their only win over Latics.
Max Power grabbed a late winner for Latics in a five-goal thriller at the ABAX Stadium earlier in the campaign. Latics had taken an early lead thanks to Yanic Wildschut and Will Grigg efforts, though Posh bounced back in spirited style to level through Erhun Oztumer and Souleymane Coulibaly.