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Championship betting team guide: Peterborough United

by Sean Goff | August 10, 2012
Darren Ferguson

POSH TO PUSH FOR PROMOTION?: Darren Ferguson has freshened up the squad (pic: Getty)

Peterborough United

Manager: Darren Ferguson

Ins: Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (undisclosed amount), Shaun Brisley (undisclosed amount), Tyrone Barnett (undisclosed amount), Robert Olejnik (undisclosed amount), Michael Bostwick (nominal amount), Jonson Clarke-Harris (free transfer), Nathaniel Knight-Percival (free transfer), Danny Swanson (free transfer)

Outs: David Ball (undisclosed amount), Nathan Ralph (free transfer), Joe Lewis (free transfer), Paul Jones (free transfer), Barry Richardson (retired)

Strengths: Darren Ferguson. When you have the blood of Sir Alex Ferguson running through your veins, you know that a passion for football is going to be beating in your heart.

This is most definitely the case with Ferguson junior, who has helped turn Peterborough United from being a Football League afterthought to a very dangerous side.

Just ask Ipswich fans if you need convincing – they were blindsided by The Posh when hammered 7-1 in one of the most shocking games of the Championship last season.

Weaknesses: Failing to fire on all cylinders in pre-season action. It may be a bit harsh to say that Peterborough United’s pre-season preparations have been dismal.

Of their three defeats over the summer, two came against Premier League big boys Aston Villa and Norwich. If  Posh want promotion, they will have to be ready to play the formidable outfits on a weekly basis. The wake-up call is ringing; it may be time to answer it.

Last season’s performance:Peterborough finished 18th in their first season back in the Championship, 10 points clear of the drop zone. Time will tell how the team handles the troublesome second-season syndrome.

If they were a celebrity: Yohan Blake. Face it, neither of them are going to win everything that they compete in – Blake has the fastest man on the planet Usain Bolt to contend with and Posh have their own obstacles to overcome.

You might not have known: Darren Ferguson has a passion for football which goes way back to before he ever thought about going into management.

In fact, he played in 15 Premier League games for Manchester United in the 1992/93 season – enough to earn him a title winner’s medal when the Red Devils were crowned champions in May 1993.

Championship title odds: 100/1

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