Our prediction for this Championship match:
Blackburn Rovers play host to Peterborough United at their Ewood Park in the Championship round 19. The Riversiders are two points behind the playoffs berth, meaning that the midweek clash is of big importance for the home side. Jan Paul van Hecke is banned, while all Harry Pickering, Bradley Dack, and Sam Gallagher are out of contention with injuries. Defender Daniel Ayala returns from a long-term injury.
The Posh, on the other hand, are fighting hard to secure the Championship survival. Peterborough failed to impress in back-to-back defeats to Fulham and Stoke, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Blackburn’s party at Ewood Park. Both Jack Marriott and Joel Randall miss out with injuries, while both Josh Knight and Jonson Clarke-Harris should be recalled to the starting XI. Christy Pym is yet another absentee in the away side.
Highlighted Player (Lewis Holtby):
Lewis Holtby is a left-footed footballer who plays for Hamburg as a midfielder. Holtby began his senior career at Alemannia Aachen and he played for the club between 2007 and 2009. The German player then joined Schalke in 2009, but he was quickly sent to Bochum on loan.
After ending his loan spells with Bochum and Mainz, he returned to Schalke and it has to be noted that he made 55 goals for the club, scoring 10 goals in Bundesliga. On 28 January, 2013 Holtby signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Tottenham Hotspur, but he was playing below expectations for the Premier League club.
In September, 2014 Holtby joined Hamburg on loan and on 1 July, 2015 he signed a permanent contract with the club. His contract with Hamburg expires on 30 June, 2018. Lewis Holtby has 24 caps for Germany U21 and he made his debut for German national team on 17 November, 2010 in a goalless draw with Sweden. He started the game, but he was substituted by Andre Schurrle after 77 minutes.
Highlighted Team (Peterborough):
Founded in 1934, Peterborough United are a professional club that competes in the League One. The Posh play their home games at London Road Stadium, the venue with the capacity of 15,314. Peterborough’s home colour is blue, whilst the colour of their away kit is blue. The Posh have the third kit as well where yellow and black are the dominant colours.
Peterborough United’s biggest success came in the 1964/1965 when the club booked their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals. Chelsea, though, proved to be a big catch for the Posh, beating them 5-1 in London. It has to be noted that Peterborough United made it to the Football League Cup semis in the 1965/1966 season, with the team losing to WBA in the two-legged tie.
The likes of Cambridge United and Northampton Town are considered the club’s main rivals. The Posh have built a rivalry with Huddersfield Town, with fans seeing MK Dons as rivals as well.