Although I am often critical of the negativity and pessimism that afflicts many Charlton fans, I am not feeling optimistic about today. Nor are the bookies: a Charlton is 2/1, a draw 11/5 and an away win 11/10.
Our somewhat sketchy record against Brentford is relatively good. Charlton are unbeaten in the last three meetings, winning two. Brentford's last win was 3-0 at The Valley in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in October 2011. Charlton won the last meeting at The Valley 2-0 in League One in January 2012 - their first win in three meetings there in all competitions. We drew 1-1 at Griffin Park earlier in the season when our defence was more solid.
Some fans assert that our early season performance was 'lucky', but it's always worth remembering that football is a game of thin margins and it doesn't take much to tip the balance one way or another. Confidence is also a factor and a win today would give the team a much needed boost.
It is rumoured that Watt and Vetokele will start together up front which has to be positive. Vetokele plays better when Watt is there. If Watt isn't fully match fit, he should play for the first 70 minutes and then be taken off, rather than used as a substitute. There are also reports that Roger Johnson may be involved, but I think that would be on the bench.
I really have no idea what the result will be and the game may be overshadowed by events off pitch which is unfortunate. I am going to watch a football match and hope that Charlton may be able to show some quality over the 90 minutes.
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