Friday, 28 August 2015

Can Charlton remain undefeated?

The fixtures computer gave Charlton a tough start to the season and some fans predicted we would have no points by this stage. Instead, we face another promotion favourite on Saturday with Wolves in 17th place and the Addicks in 3rd. That is, of course, no grounds for complacency.

After registering four points from their opening two games, there was plenty of optimism at Wolves, but that has now disappeared to some extent with defensive problems costing the team a number of points and transfer interest in Benik Afobe only intensifying, despite the club insisting that the striker isn't for sale. Despite Norwich City making three offers for his signature, the signs are there that the England Under-21 international will stay, but supporters are demanding improvements at the back, with individual mistakes contributing to their defeats to Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff City.

For the opening 30 minutes against QPR, Wolves were superb and looked like promotion contenders, but since then, they have conceded five goals, three of which were due to errors attributed to goalkeeping duo Emiliano Martinez and Carl Ikeme.

Charlton maintain their interest in James Henry, with rumours of a bid closer to the £1m valuation.

Chris Solly could return on Saturday, but Tony Watt is unlikely to be available.

The last two Charlton games at Molineux have ended in draws and that could well be the result this time.

Odds are: Wolves 4/5, Draw 5/2, Charlton 15/4.

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