Linus is out but Fisher fit to race the Aces

PETERBOROUGH will be on an Elite League revenge mission when they host Belle Vue on Thursday (7.30pm).

PETERBOROUGH will be on an Elite League revenge mission when they host Belle Vue on Thursday (7.30pm).

The Aces shocked the Readypower Panthers when they won 47-45 in a last race decider at the Showground at the end of April, and the home side know nothing less than victory this time will satisfy their management and supporters.

It’s been a troubled season so far for the Panthers with just three victories from 14 meetings, but they were impressive in their last home outing and are boosted by the news that Ryan Fisher has been declared fit and will face his former club.

The American suffered a foot injury whilst guesting for Wolverhampton at Lakeside last Friday, but with x-rays revealing no broken bones he is now chomping at the bit to help his side to a much-needed win.

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Panthers will, however, be without Swedish star Linus Sundstrom who broke a scaphoid in a Polish league match on Monday, so the rider-replacement facility will be in operation with all of the remaining six riders eligible to take an additional ride.

Belle Vue report a clean bill of health but are without recent new recruit Ulrich Ostergaard who is on Premier League duty with Redcar. They call-up in-form Josh Grajczonek as a guest, and he will be alongside Ales Dryml at reserve who scored 13+2 in the Aces’ Showground win earlier in the year.

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They also have Matej Zagar in great form since joining them on the eve of the campaign - but the Panthers are fired-up for the meeting and are confident of victory.

Co-promoter Trevor Swales said: “That home defeat against Belle Vue earlier in the season hit us hard, but we now have an opportunity on Thursday to put that right.

“Ryan (Sullivan) has been working hard with the riders since he joined us as coach and technical advisor so hopefully things are beginning to head in the right direction.

“Also Kenneth (Bjerre) has been in brilliant form in recent matches, Kenni (Larsen) continues to impress and Fish (Ryan Fisher) can’t wait to get going again after his crash last week.

“Linus will be a loss of course, but I think we have the riders to cover for him at home.

“We’re going all out for the win and are fully-aware that nothing less will do.”

PETERBOROUGH: Kenneth Bjerre, Nicolai Klindt, Ryan Fisher, Linus Sundström R/R, Kenni Larsen, Dakota North, Patrick Hougaard.

BELLE VUE: Matej Zagar, Kevin Wolbert, Craig Cook, Kauko Nieminen, Magnus Zetterstrom, Josh Grajczonek, Ales Dryml.

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