Charlton badly need a win or at the very least a point against Watford at The Valley tonight. The Hornets are currently 13th in the table and 12th in the form table. The match is meaningless to them, but in the same situation we would go out and try to play and we would expect Watford to do so if they were away at Millwall.
Watford's away record in terms of wins is actually worse than ours, four against five, but they have secured more draws (ten against six). They have also scored a lot of goals away from hone, 34, which is more than Burnley. No doubt top scorer Troy Deeney played a part there with 23 goals to his credit this season.
Our record against the Hornets is not good. Charlton have won only one of the last 10 meetings in all competitions, drawing five and losing four. Their only win since 1996 was 4-3 at Vicarage Road in the Championship last season. Watford are unbeaten in the last four meetings at The Valley, winning the last two. Charlton's last home win was 2-1 in the old Division One in August 1995.
I hope that Chris Solly is able to play, and if he is, I would want to see Lawrie Wilson in front of him.
Odds are: Charlton 5/4; Draw, 12/5; Watford, 21/10.
Despite tube strike disruption, I plan to be there (goodness knows when I will get home). Come on you Reds!