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by The Rovers Review

Darren Ferguson is looking forward to his return to his old employers, Peterborough United, as Rovers face the Posh for their first game of 2018.

Both teams come into this encounter with a five-point gap between each other; Peterborough sits in 8th while Rovers lurk behind in 10th position.

Ferguson had this to say ahead of the encounter: "They're in very good form themselves at the moment and it was a very cagey game here at home last time. Both teams have slightly changed since then.

It's one I'm looking forward to, obviously going back to my old team which is always nice, but we're going to go there and try to win the game."

A bug has hit Cantley Park affecting players and staff alike with Ferguson recently confirming that Alfie Beestin and Rodney Kongolo have been suffering the brunt of the illness, while Alfie May and Mathieu Baudry have also been affected by the bug.

Ferguson has also confirmed some of his staff are suffering too, so in combat with the raging illness, the Scotsman gave everyone the day off on Saturday.

Rovers have won all three of their last three league games, whilst also keeping three consecutive clean sheets. Consequently, Rovers' form has seen them earn an average of 1.32 points-per-game while Peterborough have won two of their last three games averaging in total 1.52 points-per-game.

The last time the two teams met was back in September at the Keepmoat and that did finish in a goalless draw, but the last time Rovers went to the Abax Stadium they lost embarrassingly 4-0 - coincidently Ferguson's second game in charge in October 2015. All four of Posh's goal scorers from the last trip Abax Stadium have all departed: Conor Washington, Callum Elder, Erhun Oztumer and Gabriel Zakuani.

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