How Portsmouth and Peterborough's line-ups have changed since the two sides met in Maymoney
POMPEYÂ travel to Peterborough on Saturday asÂ the top two sides in League One do battle.Â
The clash comes just 133 days after the teams last met '“Â and both will be starkly contrasting to their previous encounter.Â
The Blues hosted theÂ Posh on May 5 '“ the final day of last season. Brett Pitman's double fired PompeyÂ to a 2-0 victory and ensured they clinched eighth place, with the visitors finishing a spot lower.Â
Over the summer, both Kenny Jackett and Steve Evans recruited abundantlyÂ to forgeÂ promotion charges this campaign.Â Â Â Â
And just six players of the 22 who lined-up the last time the teamsÂ met could start at London Road this weekend.Â
The Posh had a mass overhaul during the transfer window '“Â mainly funded through the sale of Jack Marriott to Derby for Â£2.5m and Ipswich purchasingÂ Gwion Edwards for Â£750,000.
Peterborough invested the cash to spring a promotion push. And, so far, it is bearing fruit.
There were 17Â arrivals at London Road this summer, with the majority helping fireÂ Evans' side to the summit of the division after seven matches.Â
From the Posh's line-up that started their 3-2 win at Southend last weekend, not one featured at Fratton ParkÂ in May.Â Â
In fact, onlyÂ Ryan Tafazolli of the XI against the Shrimpers was at London Road last term. Injury kept him out of Peterborough's trip to PO4.Â Â
Marcus Maddison was involved in his side's 2-0 loss to Pompey but has yet to start a game this campaign.Â
While Evans signed free transfers such as keeperÂ Aaron Chapman and left-back Colin Daniel this summer, the Posh bossÂ also reinvested the fundsÂ receivedÂ fromÂ the sales of Marriott and Edwards.
Strikers Siriki Dembele andÂ Matt Godden were snapped up from Grimsby and Stevenage '“Â both for undisclosed fees. Ivan Toney also cost a reported fee of Â£650,000Â from Newcastle.Â
The Posh's talisman this season has been Nottingham Forest loanee Jason Cummings, who hasÂ registered six goals and four assists to date.
Meanwhile, only five of the Pompey line-up that beat the Posh on the final day of last term may again start.
Nathan Thompson, Christian Burgess, Matt Clarke, Jamal Lowe Gareth Evans and Ben Close all played.
Despite scoring 25 goals last term, Pitman finds himself as second-choice striker to Oli Hawkins, while Craig MacGillivray has dislodged Luke McGee in goal.
Ronan Curtis has made the left-wing role his own following Kal Naismith's departure and Tom Naylor has been ever-present in the league after Stuart O'Keefe's loan deal expired.Â
Brandon Haunstrup began at left-back against the Posh four months ago, but Lee Brown has made a solid start to the campaign.Â