Peterborough v Bristol Rovers preview
Last Updated: 03/08/18 3:37pm
Peterborough will be without Scotland Under-21 midfielder Adam King for their Sky Bet League One opener against Bristol Rovers.
King, signed on loan from Swansea until January, was injured in a pre-season friendly against Bedford and is expected to miss the opening weeks of the campaign.
Apart from King, Posh should be at full-strength as boss Steve Evans starts life without Jack Marriott, Gwion Edwards and Andrew Hughes. Alex Woodyard will wear the armband with fellow summer signing Jason Naismith vice-captain.
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Rovers have been hit by injuries in pre-season with Stuart Sinclair, Joe Partington and Chris Lines all doubts. Summer arrival Tareiq Holmes-Dennis is also short of full fitness after recovering from a long-term knee injury.
The summer departures of Ellis Harrison, Rory Gaffney, Byron Moore and Dominic Telford have left Rovers short of attacking options. But Rovers manager Darrell Clarke is hopeful of signing a new striker before heading to the ABAX Stadium.
Peterborough United have not lost to Bristol Rovers since February 2007 (2-3), winning six and drawing two of their last eight league meetings.
Bristol Rovers haven't won at the ABAX Stadium in any of their last five visits (D1 L4), shipping 3+ goals in four of those five games (17 goals conceded).
Peterborough have won each of the last six times they've kicked off a new league season at home, last losing to Chester City at the beginning of the 2005-06 League Two campaign.
Bristol City have lost on the opening day in eight of the last nine seasons (W1), including losing their last five openers.
Peterborough boss Steve Evans has only won two of his nine season openers (D3 L4), and has not won since beating Gary Rowett's Burton Albion 3-0 whilst in charge of Rotherham United back in 2012.