Tuesday 18 August 2015

Another tough test

The fixtures computer did not give Charlton an easy start to the season, but so far they have acquitted themselves well. Tonight they continue their tour of the East Midlands, where they have been staying since Saturday, taking on Nottingham Forest.

Tony Watt was exhausted at the end of the Derby game and a lot of the hopes for scoring goals or creating them rest on him, with some Addicks already expressing reservations about Simon Makienok. However, it should be remembered that both Cousins and Gudmundsson can score goals and the defence is looking solid.

Some reports suggest that Chris Solly's knee is giving concern and he may be rested.

The local paper thinks that the Addicks like to use the full width of the pitch and that a lot will depend on the performance of each side's wide men: A matter of width

Forest are currently under a transfer embargo, but managed to beat Rotherham 2-1 on Saturday. However, there seems to be a lot of dissatisfaction among their supporters.

The odds on Charlton being relegated have eased a little so that they are now fourth favourites. Odds for the match are: Forest Evens, Draw 9/4, Charlton 13/5.

Nottingham Forest have won only once in their past six games against the Addicks at the City Ground (drawn three, lost two). Charlton are unbeaten in their past four matches against the Reds, winning two and drawing two. Forest summer signing Jamie Ward has scored six goals in four appearances against Charlton.

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