After ending last season strongly with four wins in a row, hope was high at Preston of being able to maintain that momentum heading into 2021-22.
However, a heavy 4-1 loss at home to Hull City on the opening day has been followed by 2-1 and 1-0 defeats away at Reading and Huddersfield Town respectively.
Bottom of the table after three games and with the joint-worst goal difference in the division, Frankie McAvoy’s side know that they desperately need to stop the rot.
Not since 1956-57 have North End lost their opening four games to a league season, when going on to finish third in the top flight, but they face a tricky test this weekend.
Peterborough went down 3-0 to Luton Town in their first game back at this level after an eight-year absence, but they have recovered well since then.
A 4-0 loss to Plymouth Argyle in the EFL Cup aside – a competition way down on the list of United’s priorities – the Posh have defeated Derby County and drawn against Cardiff City.
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The 2-1 win against the Rams lifted some weight off Darren Ferguson’s shoulders, though he would have been disappointed not to have taken all three points against the Bluebirds.
Peterborough led that game by a couple of goals with less than 10 minutes remaining, only for Aden Flint to twice pop up late on and snatch a draw for Cardiff.
The Posh will see this as another chance to put some points on the board, but history is not on their side as they have lost five of their last six games against Preston