Brighton and Hove Albion are in confident mood as they prepare to face Charlton at The Valley tomorrow. Chris Hughton will take charge of the Seagulls in the league for the first time this weekend.
The new boss got off to a promising start last Saturday as late goals from Lewis Dunk and Chris O'Grady booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup at the expense of playoff-chasing Brentford. That made it back-to-back victories for the Seagulls after they climbed out of the bottom three with a win over Fulham in their final league match of 2014.
The earlier meeting this season ended as a 2-2 draw at the Amex Stadium in August. Charlton have won only one of the last eight meetings. Their only win since 2009 was 3-2 at The Valley on Boxing Day last season. Brighton have won two of the last four meetings at The Valley, drawing one and losing one.
Charlton have not won any of their last eight games in all competitions, losing four. Their last win was 1-0 at Reading in the Championship on 8 November. The Addicks have not won any of their last six home games in all competitions, losing two. Their last win at The Valley was 2-1 against Bolton in the Championship on 21 October. However, before we get too gloomy, all bad runs eventually come to an end.
Odds are: Charlton, 11/5; Draw, 11/5; Brighton, 13/10.