Monday 11 August 2014

U's face injury blow but Peeters will rest players

Colchester United have had an injury blow ahead of tomorrow night's Capital One cup clash with Charlton, reports the Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Craig Eastmond. The midfielder is regarded as the U's key player, although some feel that the former Arsenal youngster has never quite stepped up to the mark.

Colchester have been suffering from some budgetary problems. The playing budget was almost halved last year and there have now been further cuts. It's a far cry from three years ago when memories of a crusade in the Championship were still fresh. This year the U's are 25/1 to be promoted and 6/4 to be relegated.

Bob Peeters has said that he will rest some players given that he has more important games coming up against Wigan and Derby, so this may be your chance to see some of the second string players.

The Addicks have lost just one of their last five meetings with Colchester United (W3 D1) in all competitions. Charlton's win over Oxford United at this stage of the competition last season was their first win over a lower league side in six attempts.

Odds are: Charlton 4/6, Draw 11/4, Colchester 4/1.


Brian G said...

Wouldn't it be good from a fan's point of view if we had a good run in this competition for a change? Let's hope the squad isn't too weak. A good win would do our morale no end of good.

Wyn Grant said...

I always felt when we were a mid-table Premier League club that we should have taken the league cup seriously. News of a weakened side has put me off making the trip to London, given that it means getting back after midnight.

Brian G said...

That's understandable, Wyn. Many fans living in the area won't be going for similar reasons. I understand that we've got two home games coming up in the league but the way we have been behaving with selections in the League Cup in recent seasons, you'd think that we were in the Champions League. If the club don't take the competition seriously, why should the fans?

Wyn Grant said...

The worst case scenario for me is that it's a draw at full time (quite possible). I then have to make a choice: not see the end of the match or miss the last train to Leamington and pay £40 for a taxi from Banbury.