All you need to know ahead of tomorrow's game...
The Shakers go into Saturday's game on the back of defeat to the hands of Portsmouth, after Matt Clarke headed home in the 62nd minute to secure a 1-0 win for the home side.
Chris Lucketti stated in his post-match interview that the defeat was, “A little bit disappointing - especially to concede from a set piece like we did. But, we defended well as a team, it's a tough place to come to and we did well to limit the chances they had.”
Despite their defeat on Saturday, the Shakers have seen an improvement in form having won 2 of their last 4 games in all competitions.
With the festive fixtures coming thick and fast, Chris Lucketti's side need to build on their positive results and gain some momentum at this crucial time. Building on their defensive performances and applying more pressure within the final third, is key.
It's been a week of both good and bad news for the Gaffer in terms of injuries. Last Saturday saw the return of a few key players, but just days later he was dealt a huge blow, as Jermaine Beckford is likely to miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury.
Speaking to the press on Thursday, Chris said “It’s a massive boost to have Stephen Dawson back. Dawson is still lacking a few minutes game-wise. But just to have him available, and his presence, is massive for the rest of the squad. Getting Danny Mayor on the pitch on Saturday was important, he’s going to be a big asset.
“Jermaine Beckford travelled and was certainly in contention up until Friday and had a reaction to his knee. Unfortunately, from that reaction he’s been to see the surgeon on Monday, and he’s just been in for surgery and he’s going to be out for the full season.”
Saturday's game sees the Shakers come up against a side whose form has been inconsistent as of late, having lost 2, drawn 1 and won 2.
Grant McCann's side will be full of confidence coming into the fixture, after scoring two late goals to snatch a 3-2 victory against Fleetwood Town on Sunday; recording their first league win at Highbury.
According to the Posh's website, they are expected to be without the services of Welsh winger Gwion Edwards due to an ankle injury, but club staff have confirmed it is not as bad as first feared. Junior Morias is nearing a return to action after a long spell on the sidelines while Liam Shephard is back after a groin injury.
The Gaffer’s view
Watch the Gaffer’s pre-match interview here.
Click here to visit the official Peterborough website.
Last Time Out
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of Saturday’s game by signing into their account and visiting the match centre.
Overseas subscribers can watch the match live by following the same instructions.
We will also have updates over on our Twitter account: @buryfcofficial.
There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Sunday.
Saturday’s referee is Andy Woolmer.
Andy has taken charge of 8 games this season – showing 18 yellow cards, whilst his red card hasn't left his pocket.
His last league game was on Saturday 16th December when he took charge of the EFL Sky Bet League One fixture between Shrewsbury Town and Blackpool at New Meadow. It was a 1-0 win to the home side and 3 yellow cards were shown.
We’ve Met Before
Saturday’s game will be the 48th meeting between the 2 sides in all competitions. The Shakers have won 21 of the encounters, Peterborough have won 15, leaving 11 draws.