The Iron face a tough trip to the ABAX Stadium tonight, where they will come up against fellow play-off contenders Peterborough United.
Scunthorpe come into the game on the back of a lousy run of form, which included a 2-1 home loss to Rotherham at the weekend. Meanwhile, Posh’s recent results have been just as bad having won just one of their last six league games and they drew 1-1 with Gillingham on Saturday.
Graham Alexander confirmed that Levi Sutton, Cameron McGeehan and Clayton Lewis are all back in contention after missing Saturday’s loss. Jordan Clarke and Jonny Margetts are the only absentees for United.
When previewing the trip to the ABAX, Alexander said: “We know they have good players in their squad, and we have to perform to a very good level to give ourselves the best chance of three points. That’s what we’re looking for, and we’ll try our best to get those. We’re expecting a tough challenge and I’m sure they are as well.”
The Scunthorpe boss may opt to freshen up his starting lineup ahead of the visit to Peterborough, with Hakeeb Adelakun and Ryan Yates two of the most likely candidates for a start. Lee Novak did his chances of getting the nod up front no harm after he came off the bench against Rotherham to score a consolation goal.
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Posh come into this game with the hope of closing the gap between themselves and the playoffs, as they currently sit in ninth place, five points outside of the top-six.
When previewing the visit of Scunthorpe, manager Grant McCann, said: “It won’t be easy because they are well organised, well drilled and well coached. They have been in the play-offs ever since Graham Alexander took over as manager and they will fancy this is their year, but then we also think it could be our year.
“They have two good wingers and two good strikers capable of causing problems for every League One team. They have plenty of experience throughout the team, but they will also be aware of our threats.”
McCann is hoping to have creative midfielder Marcus Maddison, who has recorded 20 assists this season, available from the start after a calf injury. Full-back Alex Penny is likely to require surgery on his shoulder and could miss the rest of the campaign.
The danger man for Posh is their goal machine, Jack Marriott. Although the striker has only registered in one of his last six league matches, his 18 goals in League One this season proves that he is very much a threat. Bookmakers are suggesting we could see goals in this game and this fixture is being included on a number of both teams to score in both halves tips. If Marcus Maddison returns tonight, then the Iron defence will have to mark him and Marriott closely and stop them linking up in the final third.
Scunthorpe have an excellent recent record against Posh, having won four of the last six matches between the sides.
When the pair met in 2015, United secured a 2-0 home victory at Glanford Park. Later that year, Peterborough crushed the Iron 4-0 away from home, with the help of a hat-trick from Conor Washington. In the return fixture, Scunthorpe ran out 2-0 victors. Last season, United again secured a 2-0 win at the ABAX stadium before the pair drew 1-1 in January of last year. In the latest meeting between the sides, the Iron came from 1-0 down to win 2-1 at Glanford Park.
Scunthorpe will be hoping to pick up all three points and increase the gap between themselves and Peterborough tonight.