With the play-off countdown well under way now the Peterborough United blog aims to be the place to be for all the build up to a potentially massive fortnight for the four clubs involved. In our first piece we caught up with Cheltenham Town and Football League fan, Maxi Hobbs, to get his views on the four teams that will be playing in the playoffs. No bias involved. Here’s what he predicts:
Huddersfield – 3rd placed and a team with plenty of firepower. Compared to their 3 opponents their League results were certainly up a notch, finishing a whole 16 points ahead of 6th place. However, this can quite often work against the team psychologically, coming so close to the automatics and missing out is demoralising and although they may have been the best team over the 46 games, I think they will just fall short.
Peterborough – Famed for the dangerous front 3 of McLean, CMS and Boyd for so long. Yet, despite McLean’s departure the goals have certainly not dried up for the London Road outfit. Quality all over the pitch with CMS coming into his own this season and a new cult hero being made in Lee Tomlin. Zakuani completes a solid spine and although keeper Joe Lewis has his critics you’d be foolish to bet against The Posh making a swift return to the 2nd tier.
MK Dons – Not everyone’s cup of tea for obvious reasons but a solid season has seen the Dons in the top 6 with consistency throughout. They take on Peterborough in the semi-finals and although they go into the play offs with momentum from recent games, including yesterday’s 2-1 win at Oldham I feel the Posh may just have too much for the boys from Milton Keynes.
Bournemouth – Eddie Howe’s departure could have derailed the ‘Cherries’ promotion totally, and although their automatic assault drifted away, they remained strong enough to claim a top 6 spot with a game to go; fighting off competition from Orient. The emergence of Danny Ings has been a really bright spark for the Cherries and Steve Fletcher continues to maintain his legendary status at the club.
The verdict – Goals galore, us neutrals hope, with some real quality on show in all 4 teams. I fancy Peterborough to dispose of M.K Dons fairly comfortably and Bournemouth to upset the odds with a win over Huddersfield. The showpiece will see The Posh make an instant return to the Championship. Good luck to all involved!
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