Ryan Lowe’s Plymouth Argyle will be seeking to continue their recent upturn in form tonight as they play host to Peterborough United in Sky Bet League One, with both sides fighting it out in the top half of the table at present.
The Pilgrims are now nine unbeaten in the league and have become something of a surprise package this term after gaining promotion last season under their Liverpudlian boss.
Staying in the third tier for another year would’ve been their first priority however they may now be dreaming of an unlikely push for the play-offs, with the Devon outfit sitting just five points off sixth place Sunderland ahead of this week’s round of fixtures.
Victory for Lowe’s side on home turf this evening could see them move up as high as eighth if other results around them fall in their favour, meaning that tonight’s game has taken on even more significance.
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Here, we take a look at the decisions that the Argyle boss faces ahead of kick off as they seek to make it 10 unbeaten…
Should Ryan Hardie come in?
The 23-year-old striker continues to deputise for both Luke Jephcott and Niall Ennis, with the duo having performed well in recent weeks together.
Having scored three goals this term, there is certainly more to come from Hardie and with games coming thick and fast for Argyle over the next few weeks, potentially Lowe may look at throwing him in from the start.
He offers a physical presence and could be a smarter option to go for in tonight’s game with Plymouth highly unlikely to have much of the ball against a Peterborough side who tend to dominate possession.
Therefore the inclusion of Hardie in the starting eleven for this evening’s fixture could be something that Lowe may well consider.
Stick with the same side?
With Argyle still on such a good a winning run, it appears that changing their current starting eleven could potentially stunt their momentum going forwards.
Therefore Lowe faces a big decision over whether to stick or twist with the current personnel that have brought the club so much recent success ahead of tonight’s game.
The continued absence of George Cooper was thought to be something that could affect Argyle’s performances due to the strong form he showcased during the early stages of the campaign, however the team has gone on to thrive without one of the best performers.
Sticking with the same eleven for such a big game may be the logical choice for most but Lowe may well consider changing things up in order to gain an edge over their high flying opponents this evening.