Monday, 21 April 2014

Another challenge on the road

Charlton's punishing schedule continues with another tough away game at Sheffield Wednesday this afternoon. The Owls won 4-2 at Bournemouth on Saturday. Their home record is rather mixed, having won nine, drawn four and lost eight. However, they can score goals, 36 at home, compared with Charlton's away tally of 14. They are currently 13th in the form table with Charlton at 16th.

The game at The Valley in December ended in a 1-1 draw. Charlton then won 2-1 at Hillsborough in the FA Cup in February - their only win in the last four meetings in all competitions. However, the Addicks have won two of the last three meetings at Hillsborough in all competitions, losing one.

Blackpool are away at Brighton and Barnsley are at Derby, encounters at which they are unlikely to secure any points. There are three teams one point ahead of Charlton, and two of them, Millwall and Doncaster are playing each other. If Charlton won, Birmingham failed to beat Blackburn and Millwall and Doncaster drew, the Addicks could overtake all three. The permutations are quite complex to calculate if Charlton draw. However, the most likely scenario is that Charlton will remain in 21st place this evening.

The scale of the task is shown by the odds: Wednesday, 21/20, draw 12/5, Charlton 5/2.


Brian G said...

I was speaking to a friend of mine yesterday who is a fervent Wednesday fan. He said that this is no ordinary end-of-the-season game for them as fans and players want to avenge what for them was an unjustified and humiliating defeat in the Cup which prevented them from facing Sheffield Utd in the 6th round. I hope that JR can similarly motivate our boys, although you would have thought that our precarious league position would do that for him.


god help us

Anonymous said...

this time, a 5 goal thriller!!


Martin Cowan

Brian G said...

What a prediction, MC!