Date: 7th September 2017 at 8:46am
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24th, 18th, 14th and 12th, placed teams in the table have lost to the early leaders and our next opponents Peterborough United with the 13th best team so far holding them off to a goalless draw. Now when you look at Peterborough’s form like that, they don’t seem as threatening as first appears and in contrast City has already beaten a top 7 team so far.

When I looked at the table as you do at the end of the weekend results I always look at where we are as I do with the team we have just played and the team we will play next, and at first glance I really wasn’t fancying us to face the Posh at this stage. The Posh are a really decent club, they don’t do too badly at this level and usually find themselves as one of the stronger teams of the division.

Don’t be fooled either way
Peterborough haven’t beaten anyone of note yet this season, but find themselves at the top of the table with 5 wins from 7 matches in all competitions only experiencing a sole loss in the League Cup earlier in August. The Posh will be brimming with confidence and will fancy anyone in the division at the moment, but unlike a couple of the teams that have had a good start, I expect Peterborough to be challenging for promotion for the majority of the season.

Last season finishing just outside the top 10 in 11th spot with an goal difference of 0, Grant McCann’s charges will want to do much better come May 2018. Wants and needs are all well and good, but I don’t want to say the Posh are in a false position as everyone has only played a handful of games, what I will say is, London Road will be a stern test for the Bantams, but a test we shouldn’t be in awe at because of their form.

Why will it be a Poshover
Wyke is back to scoring goals, our back 4 are a lot stronger than they have been and across the park we are threatening. Boro haven’t really been tested yet this season and could possibly be in a false position.

Top for a reason
Jack Marriott is the leading League 1 scorer so far with 6 goals to his name which includes a hat trick away to Bristol Rovers. The Posh are top no matter how you look at it and are on form. The Bantams will be Boro’s toughest test so far, but they are a team that are winning and scoring.

Head to head and form
34 games played in total with 11 City wins and 13 going the way of the Posh which means 10 ended in stalemate, all the games played in the League barring a draw and a Boro win in the League cup back in the 1977/78 season. Last season it was a Bantams double with Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila scoring in this fixture last season and an Alex Jones winner made both matches 1-0 victories. The 2016/17 season both fixtures ended in away wins with City walking away with a 0-4 romp thanks to a James Hanson Brace and goals from Kyel Reid and Steve Davies.

City are coming off the back of 2 wins and a draw with an unbeaten away record so far in 2017/18 with the form guide WWDLWLW whilst Boro are coming off a hard earned draw away to Doncaster last time out with their form guide DWWWWLW.

Boz’s match verdict: Draw

5 Fun Facts
1. Current players to play for both teams are Paul Taylor and Nat Knight-Percival. Taylor had 3 spells including a loan period, making 107 appearances scoring 20 goals in total. Peterborough sold Taylor for £1.5m to Ipswich back in Jul 16. Knight-Percival played 56 games scoring once during 2 seasons.

2. Believe it or not, Belfast born Grant McCann is the only current Northern Irish manager in the English football league, being the full time manager of Peterborough since May 2016.

3. Peterborough manager Grant McCann hasn’t got the best record against Bradford City as a player or manager. As a manager from 2 games he has lost both games which was last season, and a player his sole game against the Bantams was in 06/07 as Cheltenham lost at home 1-2. This means at 3 attempts as a player or manager McCann has only savoured a loss against the Bantams.

4. Anyone remember a competition called the Intertoto cup? Well Peterborough defender Steven Taylor won the competition with Newcastle United back in 2006

5. Back in the 2007/08 season, ex City striker Aaron McLean scored 33 goals in 53 games throughout the season for the Posh. 29 of those goals were in the league gifting a prolific McLean the League 2 golden boot.

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