Peterborough United enjoyed a strong league campaign last time out, finishing sixth in the final play-off spot in League One. However, the Posh would go on to suffer a narrow 3-2 aggregate defeat to Leyton Orient in the semi-finals, drawing 1-1 at home before going down 2-1 at Brisbane Road in the return leg as they failed to seal a third promotion to the Championship within seven years.
Posh fans had already had the chance to celebrate at Wembley back in March, when their side lifted the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy after winning 3-1 against Chesterfield, who would go on to seal automatic promotion from League Two.
However, Peterborough Chairman Darragh MacAnthony has made no secret of the fact that promotion is very much the aim for this season, and Posh have certainly had a busy summer in the transfer market.
Two of their more surprising bits of business have been the acquisition of 23-year-old striker Erhun Oztumer who scored 33 goals in 49 games for Dulwich Hamlet last season after a spell in Turkey and the re-signing of 28-year-old central defender Gabriel Zakuani just five months after he left the club. The DR Congo international has already made 202 appearances for Peterborough during five years at London Road, so it was perhaps unsurprising that he described his return as “like a homecoming” after such a short period away.
Darren Ferguson is also still able to call upon the services of former Watford striker Britt Assombalonga, who netted 33 times for the Posh last season. Another one to watch is former Manchester United trainee Nicky Ajose who bagged 17 goals of his own last time out.
Barnet have only played a total of 17 competitive matches against Peterborough during their history, winning five, drawing three and losing nine. The last meeting came all the way back in 2007/08, when Peterborough beat Barnet 2-0 at Underhill on their way to automatic promotion from League Two.