As FA Cup fever rolls around once again, the Posh face Premier League outfit West Bromwich Albion in the forth round of this years competition. In his 22 matches in the hot seat, Graham Westley has certainly re-energised a formally depleted London Road. But two losses on the bounce has led to a dip in confidence, visiting a top flight stadium could be the boost Posh need to get back into the swing of things.
The Away Team
The Baggies needed a replay to edge past Championship strugglers Bristol City, Salomon Rondon scoring the only goal at Ashton Gate. Overall, Tony Pulis’ side approach the contest in fairly decent form. A 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Southampton represents the only loss in January, but there is still no question that they face a minor crises in the goalscoring department. Rondon has failed to live up to the hype placed on his shoulders following his summer arrival. And Saido Berehino is a undoubted talent, but has had to make do with the bench in recent months. Whoever lines up this weekend will face an out of sorts Posh rearguard, that is leaking an unhealthy amount of goals.
In terms of injury news, nothing new seems to have cropped up. Michael Bostwick will face a race to be fit in time for kick-off. Meanwhile Norwich loanee Harry Toffolo is set the sit the game out after being withdrawn against Burton. Lee Angol will be pushing for a start following Shaq Coulthirst’s disappointing start to his career in a Posh jersey, but with Aaron Williams netting for reserves in midweek, he could also be vying for a starting place.
The posh have overcome the Baggies challenge just once in the last 12 attempts. The sides last met in the FA cup in 2009 as Jay Simpson and Paul Robinson scored in a 2-0 West Brom win at London Road. Being one of the top scorers in the country, and currently ensuring their best FA Cup run in recent memory I expect Posh to put up a good fight. After all it is the FA Cup!