Peterborough United entertain Burton Albion on Tuesday night at London Road, with both sides looking to strengthen their promotion credentials.
Burton are second in League One, with 54 points from the 26 games played so far, and have two games in hand over league leaders Gillingham.
Peterborough are currently in seventh, with 41 points from their 27 games so far, and are just two points away from the play-offs.
The Posh wouldn’t necessarily have thought about challenging for a play-off place at the start of the season, but that is the position they find themselves in, and they should be well equipped to take the fight all the way to the final day.
FootballLeagueWorld writer Ryan Evans identifies THREE things to look out for in this match…..
1) Both sides will be looking to bounce back from defeat.
After losing 2-1 to struggling Shrewsbury last weekend, Burton Albion surrendered top spot to Gillingham, who beat Peterborough 2-1.
Burton took the lead against their opponents, but couldn’t hold on as Shrewsbury climbed out of the relegation places.
The Brewers will be hoping for a return to their previous form that has seen them win seven of their previous eight, putting them in pole position to win the title this year.
Peterborough were also going along nicely before defeat to the new league leaders, winning five of their last ten.
Playing the top two teams back to back is certainly going to be tough for Graham Westley’s men, however if they are going to challenge for the title these are the sort of matches they are going to have to overcome.
Can Peterborough spring a surprise, or will it be business as usual for Burton?
2) Peterborough to challenge?
Ever since relegation to League One in 2013, Peterborough haven’t really been close to a return, often promising lots but delivering little.
This time round, their fans have reason to be more optimistic. Westley has put together a solid team that deserves to be in the position they find themselves in, and perhaps even higher?
Such is the quality of Peterborough that you would not be surprised if the scoreline is in their favour on Tuesday night.
On top of this, you would not put it past them to get promoted back to the second tier this season.
3) Can El Khayati be the one to make the difference again?
The Dutchman is Burton’s top scorer this season with eight goals, and has been given hero status by some of the fans.
There is no doubt that if Burton are to overcome Tuesday’s tough opponents then they will need their top striker to be in prime form.
Whilst he hasn’t scored since December, Burton fans should not be worried as he is good enough to regain his form at a moments notice.
Can El Khayati prove once again to be the difference between the Brewers and their opposition?
Burton fans, what do you think? Will you be going back to the top of the league on Tuesday night? Peterborough fans, just how far do you think your team will go this season? Let us know your score predictions and opinions below!