Gameday Opinion

The Opposition’s View: Peterborough United

Follow us on Twitter @claretandview // Words by Harry Trend (@HazaTrand)

On Saturday Villa take a break from the league to compete in the FA Cup third round.

I interviewed Posh fan Adam Jackson (@PoshDrummerAdam), a man who would very much welcome a cupset.

How would you rate your season so far out of 10 and why?

7. We had a fantastic August, winning all league games. Going into an away game against Doncaster at the start of September (which we drew), we were sitting at the top of the league. It all seemed to be going swimmingly. Unfortunately we started to lose games we shouldn’t be losing. Oldham Away, Blackpool at Home and throwing away silly leads. But, were still in Checkatrade Trophy. Still in FA Cup 3rd Round and now only a couple of points off the play offs.

Which Posh players should Villa be wary of?

Unfortunately, I don’t think you need me to tell you that. It’s going to have to be Marcus Maddison and Jack Marriott. They have been absolutely lethal so far and together. Marcus has 20 assists this year, and Jack has 21 goals. We have the experience at the back with Ex Newcastle Premier League star Steven Taylor who so far is the only Posh player to play every single league minute.

Do Peterborough need to strengthen in January? If so where?

I think we’ll bring in a couple of players. Jack Marriott has been alone for a long time this season as a lone striker. We have had off field issues with one striker that was brought in and Junior Morias has only just come back from injury after being out for 3 months. Apart from that I’m happy.

If you could, which past Posh player would you bring into the starting XI?

George Boyd, not only was he a posh legend, but he was a fantastic credit to the club. The boy has unbelievable talent and is currently at Sheffield Wednesday but injured.

If you were Grant McCann and had to sign one Aston Villa player for City, who would it be?

Jack Grealish. He’s just a tidy talent and believe he’s too good for the Championship.

If Peterborough went on a cup run, do you think it would affect your League One promotion hopes?

Well, this is the thing! Last three seasons we’ve got to the 3rd round of the Fa cup, and after those games we seem to go down hill. But I honestly believe were playing so many games this season with in all competitions it wouldn’t affect us. I’d love to go on a cup run, to reach maybe the 5th round would be a great achievement for us.

Score prediction for Saturday?

It depends what team Steve Bruce puts out. If he weakens the team and gives a few youngsters a chance I honestly believe we have a chance. Grant seems to be sticking with the same team at the minute. It would be wrong not too but I’m going to predict a 1-0 win to Posh!
All the best to the rest of the season for Villa and hopefully see you back in the top flight soon. I for one am looking forward to my first visit to Villa Park!
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