Great Britt set to strike

  • By: Craig Chisnall
  • Last Updated: May 12 2014, 16:47 BST

Craig Chisnall fancies Britt Assombalonga to score for Peterborough in their play-off decider at Leyton Orient.

Britt Assombalonga: Goal machine for Posh
Britt Assombalonga: Goal machine for Posh

It's a measure of how well Leyton Orient have done this season that they were far from content at leaving Peterborough on Saturday with a 1-1 draw.

After conceding an early goal to Britt Assombalonga, who was clearly offside, Orient dominated the rest of the game.

They missed a string of chances with David Mooney, Kevin Lisbie and Dean Cox the main culprits and they were indebted to promising midfielder Moses Odubajo for getting them back on terms ahead of the second leg.

That left Posh boss Darren Ferguson to admit his side had got off the hook but I like the way O's counterpart Russell Slade kept a check on his emotions after the game.

He will know if the O's play anything like that again they will get more chances at Brisbane Road and surely win the tie.

Peterborough will always give teams chances as well as create plenty themselves because of their expansive style and there should be goals in this game.

Their three clashes this season have seen both teams score on each occasion and the double of Orient win and both teams scoring again looks very tempting to me.

That is available at 17/5 with Coral and I also like the look of the 19/10 offered by BetVictor on the prolific Assombalonga to add to his tally of 33 goals by scoring at any time.

There were eyebrows raised when Posh broke their previous transfer record of £1.1m to land the youngster from Watford but he must surely be worth upwards of £3m now such has been his form this term.

The next highest scorer in the Posh squad has failed to make double figures, captain Tommy Rowe with nine, and FA Cup finalists Hull have already been linked with a summer move. They won't be the only ones interested given his pace, power and finishing ability.

He's followed in the footsteps of the likes of Craig Mackail-Smith, Aaron Mclean and Dwight Gayle in proving his worth at Posh and another play-off goal would only add to his value.

Preston's Joe Garner also looks good value to follow Assombalonga's lead with BetVictor again the market leaders by offering him at 19/10 to score in their second leg at Rotherham.

The 26-year-old took his tally to 24 for the season on Saturday when he scored an equaliser that will be talked about for years to come.

The former Nottingham Forest and Carlisle striker's sublime chest control, flick over Kari Arnarson and subsequent volley was absolutely magnificent and if you haven't seen it yet you need to.

Rotherham boss Steve Evans said: "If there's a better goal in the play-offs this year then I will wake up a chicken!"

That means Garner will head to the New York Stadium full of confidence after he ended his four-game goal drought in such fashion.

The lifelong North End fan has enjoyed the best season of his career and what better way to cap it by firing his team to Wembley. Another goal in this game could go a long way to doing that.


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