A look at how the Posh are shaping up.
We take a look at one of the nearer sides we'll be facing this season - Peterborough United!
Who are this lot then?
Peterborough United, known as The Posh, are facing their third year back in League One, following relegation from the Championship after a final day defeat against Crystal Palace.
Did they get up to much last season?
Peterborough finished 9th in the 2014-15 League One season, missing out on the play-off by just six points. In February 2015, manager Darren Ferguson departed the club following a 3-0 humbling at the hands of MK Dons.
Who's the boss?
Dave Robertson (below) is the current manager at London Road, but he has taken a slightly unorthodox route into management. His playing career only consists of a spell at Dagenham United and a host of unsuccessful trials with Football League clubs. Robertson’s background lies in the military, where he earned the coveted Green Beret. He took his catching badges while in the Royal Marines, with his first coaching job coming with Peterborough United. He had spells in the United States and with Crystal Palace, before returning. He was appointed as manager at the end of last season, after impressing as caretaker-manager.
Any stand out players?
Michael Bostwick (below) is one of the mainstays of the Peterborough sides in recent seasons, while last season’s top scorer, Conor Washington, is another to keep an eye out for. Former West Ham United midfielder Jack Collison is also amongst Peterborough’s ranks for the coming season.
Former Blues midfielder Kane Ferdinand moved to London Road after departing Roots Hall in August 2012. However, despite 46 appearances for the Posh, he has spent time on loan at Northampton Town, Luton Town and most recently, Cheltenham Town. Others to have represented both teams are Jonson Clarke-Harris and Ken Charlery, whilst former Blues boss Barry Fry is now the Director of Football at London Road.
What's the ground like?
London Road can accommodate 15,315 spectators, and has been home to the club since its formation in 1934. The ground was opened in 1913, and the London Road ground we know today bears little resemblance to the original structure. 2014 saw the final stages of construction of the new all-seater Moy’s End of the ground, following the demolition of the previously existing terrace.
How far away is the place?
A round-trip to Peterborough from Southend is one of this season’s shorter journeys, but it will still see you rack up 216 miles.
Any big name fans?
Mike Tyson has been pictured at London Road in a Posh shirt in recent years.
Good memories against them?
This season will see the 50th meeting between the two clubs, but Peterborough just edge matters when it comes to past clashes. Of the 49 matches to-date, Blues have won 20, whereas Peterborough have won 22. There have been seven draws. The last time the two sides met, Southend United suffered a 4-0 defeat at London Road in a Capital One Cup encounter.
What are the odds on that?
Peterborough United are 10/1 to win League One, 10/3 to earn promotion and 14/1 to get relegated.