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Peterborough United
League One | Gameweek 46
Apr 27, 2024 at 12.30pm UK
Weston Homes Stadium
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3 - 3

Mothersille (50', 79'), Randall (67')
Randall (87')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Dempsey (4'), Charles (8' pen.), Jerome (82')
Cogley (58'), Thomason (61'), Toal (73')

Preview: Peterborough United vs. Bolton Wanderers - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's League One clash between Peterborough United and Bolton Wanderers, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Bolton Wanderers will travel to Weston Homes Stadium for Saturday's meeting with Peterborough United on the final matchday of the League One season.

The Trotters could still achieve automatic promotion, while Peterborough have already secured their place in the playoffs.

Match preview

Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson reacts on April 7, 2024© Reuters

Peterborough are now mathematically out of the League One automatic promotion fight after they suffered a 2-0 defeat in Tuesday's away clash against relegation-threatened Cheltenham.

With Posh needing a near-miracle to stay in the promotion battle, Darren Ferguson opted to rest a number of key players as he turned his focus to preparations for the playoffs.

As a result, a much-changed Peterborough side fell to a 2-0 home loss following first-half goals from Joe Nuttall and Matty Taylor.

Posh are guaranteed to finish in at least fourth spot, but they could finish in third if they pull off an unlikely feat and beat Bolton by a four-goal margin.

They have been in fine goalscoring form in their last two home matches, claiming a 3-0 win over Port Vale before beating Fleetwood Town 4-1 in their most recent outing at the Weston Homes Stadium.

Bolton Wanderers' Kyle Dempsey and teammates before the match on January 7, 2024© Reuters

Bolton recorded a 2-0 win in last Saturday's home meeting with Port Vale to send the League One promotion battle to the final day of the season.

Aaron Collins opened the scoring in the 72nd minute, before Cameron Jerome added a second in stoppage time to leave the Trotters three points behind second-placed Derby.

For Bolton to earn promotion, they need to beat Peterborough and hope that Derby lose to Carlisle United, while also requiring a swing in goal difference of at least four goals.

Even if they are unable to overhaul Derby, Bolton will still be keen to build momentum and extend their unbeaten run to seven matches ahead of a potential playoff campaign.

The Trotters will have fond memories of their most recent trip to the Weston Homes Stadium in February 2023 when they produced a free-scoring display to ease to a 5-0 victory.

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Team News

Peterborough United's Harrison Burrows celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on April 7, 2024© Reuters

Peterborough are expected to be without the injured duo of midfielder Jeando Fuchs and winger Michael Olakigbe.

After making changes to his side in midweek, Ferguson is likely to make further rotation as he looks to keep his squad fresh ahead of the playoffs.

Josh Knight, Harrison Burrows, Hector Kyprianou, Archie Collins and Joel Randall could be brought back into the side for Saturday's home clash.

Bolton will have to assess Nathaniel Ogbeta after he picked up an injury issue in the warm-up ahead of the win over Port Vale.

Ricardo Santos has missed the last two games due to a calf problem, but the defender is expected to be passed fit to face his former club.

Dion Charles is set to retain his place in the side after he made his first start since returning from injury in last Saturday's clash against the Valiants.

Peterborough United possible starting lineup:
Bilokapic; Dornelly, Knight, Crichlow, Burrows; Collins, De Havilland; Ajiboye, Randall, Mothersille; Clarke-Harris

Bolton Wanderers possible starting lineup:
Baxter; Jones, Santos, Toal; Dacres-Cogley, Maghoma, Sheehan, Thomason, Williams; Charles, Collins

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We say: Peterborough United 1-2 Bolton Wanderers

While Peterborough will have one eye on the playoffs, Bolton will be fully focused on Saturday's away clash as they attempt to leapfrog Derby and secure automatic promotion.

Although their fate may be out of their hands, we still expect the Trotters to do their job by claiming all three points against Peterborough.

For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.

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