Friday August 05, 2020
PETERBOROUGH team boss Carl Johnson hopes the joke is on Somerset tonight.

The third-placed 'T Balfe Construction' Panthers take on the table-topping Rebels in a clash of two sets of Premier League title hopefuls (7.30pm).

The formbook points to a home success for a Somerset side who have won all 11 previous league meetings this season and possess a fine record against Peterborough, home and away.

Johnson would love Panthers to succeed where all before them have failed so far this term, but he accepts it will take a massive effort from his team to trouble their Oaktree Arena hosts.

Johnson admitted: "Myself and the Somerset team manager, Garry May, always have a laugh and joke about how well they go at our place and how badly we struggle down there.

"It would be great to put that right by becoming the team that ends their 100 per cent start to the season.
"We'll need all seven men delivering their 'A' game to stand any chance of doing that - and we'll also need Somerset to be below their best.

"They can always be relied upon to put a strong team together and this year is clearly no different.
"But the league title is not won between March and July. It all comes down to the play-offs and it is vital we continue picking up points to ensure we are in there."

Peterborough are determined to continue their run of pleasing results on the road after collecting four points from a 48-45 triumph at Sheffield and a narrow 47-43 defeat at Workington last week.

They are also out to avenge a KO Cup quarter-final exit and a home league defeat at the hands of Somerset already this season.
Both teams call on the services of a guest tonight - at opposite ends of their line-ups.

Peterborough have drafted in Newcastle man Matej Kus, who has produced double-figures scores in his last two visits to Somerset, to deputise for Craig Cook at number one. The Great Britain star, who won a World Cup silver medal last weekend, has a fixture clash in the Elite League.

Meanwhile the Rebels bring in Rob Shuttleworth to fill the reserve spot that belongs to injured Zach Wajtknecht.

SOMERSET: Josh Grajczonek, Jake Allen, Charles Wright, Paul Starke, Rohan Tungate, Bradley Wilson-Dean, Rob Shuttleworth (guest).

PETERBOROUGH 'T BALFE CONSTRUCTION' PANTHERS: Matej Kus (guest), Tom Perry, Ulrich Ostergaard, Emil Grondal, Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen, Ashley Morris, Zdenek Holub.

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