A place in the FA Cup second round is up for grabs as Salford City host Peterborough United in a replay on Tuesday after battling to a 2-2 draw in the first meeting. Both teams have shown plenty of defensive vulnerability lately and could be set to produce goals on this one, although Peterborough will be confident of claiming the upper hand.
Salford City will be disappointed not to have held out for an upset in the first meeting having held the lead deep into added time. Stevie Mallan opened the scoring early in the encounter while Nicholas Bilokapic also put through his own net but they were pegged back both times.
Neil Wood’s men have been a bit erratic lately and head into Tuesday’s clash with just two wins in their last eight matches across all competitions. They were beaten 2-1 at home by Mansfield Town in a League Two fixture also last Saturday.
That result highlights a poor home record for Salford City, who have won just once in their last four home matches. They have lost twice in that run with the major problem a leaky defence which has conceded 10 goals.
Peterborough United will also be disappointed to have needed a late equaliser to salvage a home draw against a League Two side. However, the League One outfit will look to build on the character shown, having come from behind twice through Ricky Jade-Jones and Emmanuel Fernandez.
The Posh warmed up for Tuesday’s clash with a 5-0 victory over Cambridge United in a League One fixture last Saturday. Darren Ferguson’s men have now lost just once in their last 10 matches across all competitions claiming six wins in that run.
Peterborough United were beaten 2-1 by Wigan Athletic in their previous fixture on the road, although they had claimed two straight away wins prior to that result. Like Salford City, they have also struggled defensively with just one clean sheet in their last five matches across all competitions.
Peterborough United have been installed as overwhelming favourites and are priced at evens by Unibet to earn the victory. Salford City are considered outsiders among the bookies with a home win priced at 5/2 by Coral while Paddy Power is offering odds of 13/5 for a draw.
Peterborough United have never lost to Salford City with one win and two draws from three previous matches. A similar scenario played out in the FA Cup in November 2022 with both teams playing our a 0-0 draw in the first meeting before Peterborough claimed a 3-0 victory in the replay at the Peninsula Stadium.
Matt Smith had a quiet outing for Salford City in the first meeting but is their leading scorer this season and could be worth keeping an eye on. The forward has nine goals in his last eight matches across all competitions and is priced at 13/5 by bet365 to get on the score sheet on Tuesday.
Kwame Poku has been the man in form for Peterborough United in recent weeks with five goals in his last five matches across all competitions. He will be the one to watch on Tuesday and is priced at 13/5 by bet365 to get on the score sheet.
Salford City and Peterborough United are usually unconvincing at the back and having produced over 3.5 goals in the first meeting, a repeat could be considered at 9/5 with Unibet. Both teams were on target in the second half last time out and Tuesday’s clash could be set for a similar outcome at 7/4 with William Hill.
There were more goals after the break in the first meeting and Tuesday’s clash could be tipped to follow a similar pattern at evens with bet365.
This FA Cup match between Salford City and Peterborough United will be played on
Nov 14, 2023 and kick off at 19:45. Check below for our tipsters best Salford City vs Peterborough United prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.