Argyle meet Peterborough United this Wednesday night at Home Park, for the first of a pair of home games against Posh.
Wednesday’s game, which kicks off at 7.45pm, is in the first round of the Carabao Cup, while Saturday’s encounter is in Sky Bet League One.
Posh are the only League One side to have won both of their games so far. They won 3-2, after falling 2-0 down, at Cheltenham Town on the opening day of the season. This was followed by a comfortable 3-0 win against Morecambe last Saturday.
Argyle and Peterborough met at the opening stage of the Carabao Cup last season, with The Pilgrims winning 4-0 though a Ryan Hardie brace followed by goals from Luke Jephcott and Panutche Camara.
Peterborough were a Sky Bet Championship side at the time, but were relegated after finishing 22nd in 2021/22.
They are managed by Grant McCann, a former Northern Ireland international midfielder. He played nearly 200 games for Peterborough in a playing career that also saw him represent Cheltenham Town, Barnsley and Scunthorpe. McCann began his managerial career at Peterborough from 2016 to 2018, and after stints in charge of Doncaster Rovers and Hull City, he returned as Posh boss in February.
Summer arrivals for Peterborough included Hector Kyprianou, a midfielder from Leyton Orient, and Ben Thompson, a former Millwall midfielder who spent the second half of last season with Gillingham. Both newcomers scored on their full United debuts in their win over Morecambe.
Goalkeeper Lucas Bergstrom is another notable arrival. The 19-year-old is on loan from Chelsea, and has been called up to Finland under-21 squads.
Notable departures include Sammie Szmodics, who played in Peterborough’s opening game before being signed by Blackburn Rovers, for whom he scored at the weekend.
“I’m glad there is another game this week, because we can put [Fleetwood] to bed, make a few changes and people can stake their claim for a place in the following game.
“We will try to get a better performance on Wednesday night in the Carabao Cup, and then there is another tough game at the weekend. It will be two hard games, and we will have to play better to get anything from them.
“We’ll make a few changes. I think it’s important that people get a chance to stake their claim. There’s a few lads who didn’t get on [at Fleetwood] who will be thinking ‘why not?’ It will be a chance to have a look at a few things. Places will be up for grabs on Saturday.”
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Mickel Miller, Conor Grant, James Bolton and Panutche Camara have all missed the opening two fixtures of the season and are all expected to miss out once more. No injuries were reported emerging from Saturday’s game against Fleetwood Town. As mentioned above, Steven Schumacher has hinted at changes to the starting 11 that has begun the last two fixtures.
Tickets remain available to purchase online at argyletickets.com. The Home Park Ticket Office will be open until kick-off for supporters wishing to purchase on the day of the fixture.
Turnstiles will open two hours before kick-off, from 5.45pm. Supporters are advised to enter through the turnstile identified on their match ticket. However, if neighbouring turnstiles have shorter queues, supporters are permitted to enter these to speed up access to the stadium.
This game will be covered as an audio-only commentary for both domestic and international supporters.