As a new season beckons, fans always feel a buzz of excitement and are always optimistic of what the new season will bring. This season is no different for fans of Peterborough United, as The Posh have strengthened their side with additions from all over the country and start off the season with a tough home match against Plymouth Argyle.
The new signings
The Posh have made some impressive signings this summer, in order to strengthen and bolster the squad. The biggest of these being the additions of attacking midfielder Danny Lloyd and highly sought after striker Ricky Miller, who between them scored 60 goals last season between them in the National League North and National League respectively and both have continued their form into pre-season. Another striker to have joined is Jack Marriott who has also hit the ground running in pre-season. Michael Doughty is looking like a key component in central midfield with his passing range and his ability to keep possession well. At the back, former Newcastle captain Steven Taylor joins as an experienced head who will surely be asked to help gel the young squad together and aid with his experience. Two new goalkeepers join the squad in Jonathan Bond and Josh Tibbets, both signing from Championship clubs and both are likely to be fighting for the number one spot. Other additions include full back Liam Shephard, young centre back Alex Penny and 17-year-old striker Idris Kanu who all have the potential to feature this season.
Plymouth are coming off the back of a promotion from League Two and have a strong squad coming back into League One that features new signings Gregg Wylde, Ruben Lameiras, Oscar Threlkeld and Graham Carey, who recently put an end to speculation and signed a new contract with the club. With a large majority of their transfers coming in for free, they seem to be picking up good bargain signings and if last season is anything to go by, performing very well.
For the first time in three years, The Posh open their season at home and not away to Rochdale, not losing a home opening day fixture since 2005. The last time these two teams met, it resulted in a 2-1 victory for tomorrow’s home side, with Ryan Bennett and Craig Mackail-Smith scoring the goals. Posh are expected to line up in a 3-5-2 formation, with Marcus Maddison sitting behind the front two and Gwion Edwards and Leo Da Silva Lopes being utilised as wing backs. Plymouth are expected to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Both teams are expected to play exciting, attacking football and if pre-season is anything to go by, then it could be a very high scoring game.
The 50th minute of the match will see a minutes applause for Posh fan Graham Hill, who sadly lost a battle with prostate cancer over the summer.