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Paul Lambert hails 'extraordinary' Ipswich Town support for Peterborough United clash

Darren Ferguson (left) and Paul Lambert (right) will face each other on Saturday. Credit: PA

Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson says he's expecting "a great atmosphere" when his team welcome Ipswich Town to the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday.

Town are bringing 4,000 fans to Posh for the fixture between two of the pre-season favourites for promotion from League One this campaign.

Ipswich have started strongly, picking up four points from their opening two fixtures, but in contrast, Peterborough have so far failed to live up to expectations having lost their first two league games.

A victory against Ipswich would do wonders for their confidence, but Ferguson is more than aware of the challenge the away side are likely to bring.

"They'll be a handful (Ipswich), the front two are very mobile. They're a real hard-working pair," Ferguson said about Ipswich strikers Kayden Jackson and James Norwood.

"Added to that, they're well organised. They're bringing 4,000 fans so I think it's a great game. The players are looking forward to it.

"It's always good when you're at home and you have those sort of crowds. I look back to Sunderland last year, it was a great atmosphere.

"It'll be a test, they've got an experienced manager, and like any game, we'll go through their strengths and where we think we can exploit some weaknesses."

Speaking to the press ahead of the clash, Ipswich boss Lambert said it was "incredible" that so many away fans would be making the trip to Cambridgeshire.

"They're a strong team (Peterborough), but we have 4,000 fans going which is incredible," said Lambert.

"It's extraordinary support we have, it really is. That's the way the club should be.

"There's a lot of young ones coming, a lot of new ones, but that's the way it should be - that's what you call proper support."

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Marcus Maddison is back for Peterborough. Credit: PA

Peterborough will welcome back influential midfielder Marcus Maddison for the game after he missed the midweek EFL Cup defeat to Oxford United with injury.

Serhat Tasdemir should also be involved in the squad after recovering from a knock.

Posh could come up against their former winger Gwion Edwards who made his comeback from injury in midweek, but Luke Garbutt, who has scored Ipswich's two league goals this season, had been ruled out for a month with a knee injury.

Peterborough United v Ipswich Town, Sky Bet League One, Saturday 17 August, 3pm

Saturday's other games

Norwich City lost their opening Premier League game at Liverpool this weekend. Credit: PA
  • Norwich City v Newcastle United (Premier League)
  • Luton Town v West Brom (Championship)
  • Lincoln City v Southend United (League One)
  • Wycombe Wanderers v MK Dons (League One)
  • Colchester United v Cambridge United (League Two)
  • Leyton Orient v Stevenage (League Two)
  • Northampton Town v Macclesfield Town (League Two)