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Play-Off preview: Peterborough United v Leyton Orient

9 May 2014

The first installment from the Play-Offs of Sky Bet League 1 sees Peterborough United host Leyton Orient on Saturday lunchtime at 12:15pm.

The match is live on Sky Sports and official updates will be provided via @SkyBetLeague1 and on the Play-Offs of the Sky Bet Football League blog. Join in the conversation using #PlayOffs.

Peterborough qualified for the Play-Offs as the division's sixth-placed team, a position they occupied for much of the second half of the season. Leyton Orient finished the campaign 12 points better off, securing third on the last day.

The O's go into Saturday's match after back-to-back wins over Tranmere Rovers and Milton Keynes Dons in their previous two outings.

Posh beat Carlisle United and Shrewsbury Town, 4-1 and 4-2 respectively, before a goalless draw at home to Port Vale in their final match.

Head-to-Head

Earlier this season, the East London side ran out 3-1 winners at London Road before Darren Ferguson's side triumphed 2-1 at the Matchroom Stadium.

That win for Orient at Posh was their first victory at London Road since March 1989, having gone eight games without success in PE2.

Overall, the O's have come out on top 13 times in this encounter compared to Peterborough's 11, plus seven draws.

In the Media

Leyton Orient captain Nathan Clarke told leytonorient.com: "I think finishing third for us is a fantastic achievement, breaking the record number of points for the club as well.

"It'll be difficult. Peterborough have been in the Play-Offs recently so they have that experience. They are high scorers and likely to play attacking football so we have to be aware of that.

"Knowing that we couldn't go up automatically a few weeks ago has allowed us to re-focus over the past few weeks and you can see the belief within the squad."

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Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson believes the League 1 Play-Offs are incredibly difficult to predict.

"It's virtually impossible to nominate the favourites to go up," he said to The Peterborough Telegraph.

"We won and lost one league game against all the other three teams, but what we have in our favour is the ability to win the biggest matches with the most pressure.

"We've been doing it for years and there is no reason to think we can't do it again."

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