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Rupert Wyman 30th Aug 2009 - 11:12

Freddie to come back and haunt Peterborough

Freddie Sears so nearly joined Peterborough on loan in the summer instead the young West Ham striker went to Crystal Palace to continue his football development.

Sears is yet to open his account for Palace but at 8/1 to open the scoring and 11/4 to score at any point then this could be a good bet.

Peterborough have had a tendency to concede early goals in matches this season. Excluding a 4-0 success at Wycombe in the Carling Cup Posh have conceded the first goal in every match and the latest of these was in 21st minute. Therefore Sears at 8/1 looks good value to get on the scoresheet first.

Peterborough's performances have been blighted by defensive howlers where a lack of concentration more than anything else appears to be the reason why they are languishing second from bottom in the Championship table.

As a result of the defensive problems they are yet to win a league match in the Championship following their back-to-back promotions. It is the first time they have been in the second tier for 15 years and Darren Ferguson's side are priced at 7/5 to finally break their duck against Palace.

An away win is a 2/1 shot with the draw available at 11/5.

Ferguson is yet to find the right balance between attack and defence. Peterborough encountered similar problems at the start of both the last two seasons. Once the defence is sorted then Posh will be able to make the most of the attacking trio of George Boyd, Craig Mackail-Smith and Aaron Mclean. The trio are available at 2/1, 7/4 and 7/4 respectively to get themselves on the scoresheet.

However, better value may be found with Lee Frecklington at 11/2. The midfielder scored a screamer in the Carling Cup win over Ipswich in midweek and he is pushing hard for a starting place for this match.

The ex-Lincoln man would add a goal threat from the centre of the park as his late runs into the box should provide him with space and therefore the scorting opportunities.

Posh's line-up is full of goals and this coupled with a rather leaky defence makes the over 2 goals at 8/11 in the total goals market look like the best bet of the match. This is closely followed by both teams to score at 5/6.

Peterborough may have started slowly, but so have Palace, at least results wise. Neil Warnock's side sit just two points above the relegation zone after accumulating just four points from their four matches. An opening day draw at home to Plymouth and an away win at struggling Ipswich account for their points so far. Although their performances have been better than the results gained.

Wherever Warnock goes controversy seems to follow him and he made the headlines with his reaction to Sear's "goal" at Bristol City not being awarded after the ball clearly went in before bouncing back out.

The former Sheffield United boss will be hoping for better fortune at London Road, but if things don't go his way expect to hear about it for at least a week.

The match looks too tight to call as a win for either side is crucial to kick start their campaigns, but this is perhaps more so for winless Peterborough.

It is worth noting that at the same stage of last season, after four league matches, Posh welcomed the Sky cameras to London Road for a cracking match against Bristol Rovers which ended 5-4 to the home side. Can history repeat itself on Monday?

Tune in to Sky Sports 1 from 17:15 to find out and join us to bet In-Play on a wide range of in-running markets from the first whistle to the last.

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