Charlton Athletic are forecast to finish 4th in the Sky Bet Championship in this year's Four Four Two season preview. Reading and Bolton Wanderers take the automatic promotion places and the Addicks finish behind Leeds in 3rd. Doncaster Rovers, Yeovil Town and Millwall are tipped to be relegated.
Admittedly the magazine does not have the best of prediction records. In our promotion year from League 1 they had us finishing just above the relegation positions on the grounds that rookie manager Chris Powell wouldn't be able to manage his new signings. Powell had the cover framed and auctioned and it was bought by the magazine.
Their logic this year is that if we can get our home form to match our away form last year, we will be on our way to the Premiership. My fear would be that our away form will fall away and our home form won't improve that much. Interestingly fan Danny Stephens is quoted as saying, 'I'd be happy avoiding a relegation scrap.' Perhaps we would all benefit from some of what the Four Four Two office is on?
Millwall fan Danny Ash provides this helpful tip for away fans visiting the New Den: 'Don't expect your team to be given an easy ride. It's not a nice place to come.'
The assessment says that the Addicks build from the back with a tidy midfield. Johnnie Jackson is named as key player, described as a 'versatile grafter.' It concludes 'what an Addicks unit bursting with organisation, discipline and team spirit really lacks is a good 20-goal-a-season forward.' Amen to that.