Norwich City are seeking revenge for Charlton's victory at Carrow Road earlier in the season: Cheeky raid
At the time local police said, 'We are investigating reports of a raid at Carrow Road this evening. Eleven men masquerading as footballers got on to the pitch and sped off to London with all three points.'
The Canaries must fancy their chances after demolishing Blackpool 4-0 at the weekend. Charlton have great difficulty in scoring goals and have lost the defensive solidity which characterised the earlier part of their season, particularly at set pieces. Every opposition corner carries with a fear factor for me, whilst our own corners arouse little anticipation of the ball ending up in the net.
The bookies certainly favour Norwich. Odds are: Charlton 7/2, Draw 5/2, Norwich 4/5.
Nevertheless, I shall set out for London this evening in a hopeful mood, if not an optimistic one. No doubt many fans will be wallowing in pessimism and negativity before they reach The Valley, but there is little point in letting that mood seep out on to the pitch so as to undermine the players' battered confidence even more.
Our record against Norwich is actually a relatively good one. Norwich have won only one of the last six meetings in all competitions. Their only win since 2008 was 1-0 in the last meeting at The Valley in League One in April 2010. That win at The Valley is Norwich's only win in the last nine meetings there in all competitions. However, tonight Norwich have the incentive of trying to get into the play off places.