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Peterborough United stand a real chance of promotion this season

Monday 25th September 2017
Peterborough United have flirted between promotion and relegation several times in the past few years. While enjoying two promotions, they've also suffered two relegations. With The Posh flying high so far, I look at why they could go all the way this season.

1 - Goals

Clearly, to win games you need to score goals. Two seasons ago, Peterborough scored the most goals in League One, and they're on track to do the same this season. In Grant McCann's opening nine games of the campaign, his team has managed to punish the opposition 19 times. Averaging over two goals a game, so far, is crucial to winning games, particularly knowing they're likely to concede goals along the way too. The devastating attack doesn't look like their finished making the headlines either.

2 - A strong striking partnership

Stating that for a team to clinch promotion, they need to score goals is largely obvious. More specifically, the team should have a striking partnership that fully understands each other. While it can be good for more team members to contribute to goals, the majority should come from the two, or three, strikers. McCann has preferred Junior Morias and Jack Marriott as his front two, it has paid dividends so far with the duo chipping in with a combined 11 goals. Confidence must be high between them, which must be maintained for as long as possible.

3 - Having a 'star man'

Over the years, teams who have secured promotions have had a 'star man'. By this term, I mean a player who the rest of the team can turn to in a desperate time of need, to create that 'spark'. Last season, Sheffield United's key player was Billy Sharp, as the striker scored 30 goals, just in the League One campaign. Wigan was similar in the previous season. They too won the league, with Will Grigg, scoring 25 goals in the season for the Latics.

Now, I see two candidates for the Posh. Jack Marriott has almost equalled his goal tally for last season, scoring seven goals already. Peterborough United Chairman, Darragh MacAnthony has tipped the 23-year-old to become the league's top goalscorer. Secondly, is Marcus Maddison. Despite being heavily linked with a summer exit, the midfield maestro put pen to paper on a new three-year deal. Not only can Maddison score and provide from open play. The Englishman can deliver an unforgiving free kick and corner also, an attribute widely noticed.

4 - Expectations

Each season that Peterborough United don't achieve promotion, comes more pressure from all quarters. MacAnthony has stated season after season that promotion is the aim. Not only the chairman but the fans, players and staff will all know how important a successful season is to the club, this season. The Posh have been outside of the Championship for a number of successive years and now seems the time to push on. A good start to the season is key to convincing the entire squad that promotion is more than achievable, another factor contributing towards the chances of promotion for the Posh.
Jack Drury
19 years of age. Sport and Exercise Science Student at Loughborough University. Peterborough United.

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