Last Updated: 12/10/18 10:34am
Scunthorpe have no fresh injury or suspension worries as they look to get back to winning ways against Peterborough at Glanford Park.
On-loan striker Ike Ugbo has returned to parent club Chelsea for treatment on a hamstring injury but will go back to the Iron next week and could return to first-team action before the end of the month. James Horsfield has missed Scunthorpe’s last couple of fixtures – including the loss at Luton last time out – due to a groin complaint which will sideline him once again.
Goalkeeping pair Matt Gilks (knee) and Rory Watson (broken arm) are long-term injury concerns and neither player will be available until at least the new year.
Peterborough midfielder Marcus Maddison has been laid low with tonsillitis this week but is scheduled to return to training on Friday. Should he come through that then he should retain his place in the starting line-up as Posh look to bounce back from their 4-0 thumping at home to Barnsley last week.
Josh Yorwerth is unlikely to feature due to illness but fellow defender Tyler Denton, on loan from Leeds, has returned to training after an ankle injury and is available. Goalkeeper Conor O’Malley remains on the sidelines with a shoulder injury.
Scunthorpe have only lost one of their last nine league clashes with Peterborough (W6 D2) and are unbeaten in their last five (W3 D2).
Peterborough have only beaten Scunthorpe twice in their last 16 visits in the top four tiers of English football (D4 L10), winning 4-0 in November 2015 and 3-1 in January 1998.
Scunthorpe have conceded 14 goals in their six home league games so far this season, although they have only lost one of those games (W2 D3).
After winning seven of their first nine league games this season, Peterborough have failed to win any of their last three (D2 L1) and have conceded two or more goals in each of their last six league games (14 in total).
Josh Morris has been directly involved in 50% of Scunthorpe’s 12 home league goals this season (two goals, four assists).
The stats suggest there should be goals in this one! Scunthorpe have scored more goals than any side outside the top four and have conceded more than any other side in the top half of the table. Peterborough, meanwhile, have scored the most in the division and conceded more than any side in the top half, apart from Scunthorpe.
The Posh were given an absolute hiding at home by Barnsley last week while Stuart McCall lost his first game with Scunthorpe in the league last weekend, so both managers will be looking for a big response from their side. Away win for me, though.
David Prutton predicts: 1-3 (18/1 with Sky Bet)