TALKING TACTICS: Burnley can hurt Posh with pace

IN the first of a two-part look at Burnley’s next opponents - Peterborough United - Phil Smith reveals what qualities The Posh will offer at London Road on Saturday.

Peterborough United regained their championship status at the first attempt thanks to victory over Huddersfield Town in the League One Play Off Final in May.

They adopt a very fluid diamond system. (Diagram B) They look to get the ball down and play through the midfield.

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No team in the Football League found the back of the net more than The Posh last season.

Great emphasis is placed on their offensive play.

Expect a numerical imbalance in our favour upon Peterborough losing possession of the football.

I am expecting them to adopt a high defensive line.

They will aim to nullify our build up play.

However, I believe that this will leave them chronically exposed to pace.

I would make a tactical decision to play Zavon Hines this weekend

Grant McCann will sit at the base of the diamond.

He pulls the strings in the heart of midfield.

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His passing accuracy and depth are the basis of Peterborough’s attacking transition.

Marvin Bartley would be an ideal selection this weekend.

I would position him slightly more forward than usual, in order to deny McCann space and indeed time on the ball.

The Northern Irish international is a set piece specialist.

Burnley will need to be alert from dead ball situations.

Diagram A illustrates one of their preferred routines from a corner.

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The ball is lofted onto the head of Ryan Bennett at the far post.

His header back towards the penalty spot will look to find the late run of Lee Tomlin.

London Road can be classed as nothing but a fortress for Darren Ferguson’s men.

Before Hull City won 1-0 there on Saturday, Charlton Athletic were the last side to leave PE2 with all three points safely in the bag on November 13th, 2010.

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Burnley, meanwhile, have suffered defeat six times in the last 10 away fixtures.

Ipswich and Brighton have both profited from a mistake by goalkeeper Paul Jones recently.

Burnley’s very own fox in the box, Charlie Austin, will look to profit from any similar slip up this weekend.

The former Swindon Town man has notched five goals this season.

Four of those have come from inside the penalty box.

He can sniff the second ball. He will be looking to pounce on Saturday...

• Don’t miss Part Two in Friday’s Express!