'Interim' coach Karel Fraeye looks upward for inspiration as he ponders tonight's game
It's a six pointer at The Valley tonight as Charlton face fellow relegation strugglers Bolton Wanderers. The result could have a bearing on whether or not Charlton play Chelsea in the Championship next season.
For all the troubles at Charlton, we are not insolvent and facing a winding up order like Bolton. There are four prospective purchasers, but they have had trouble raising the readies, even at a fire sale price of £15m free of debt. The players have not been paid this month and, if they are not paid in December, they would be entitled to walk away. However, being in the shop window gives them an extra incentive to play well.
Karel Fraeye will hope to start midfielder Johnnie Jackson and forward Ricardo Vaz Te against Bolton on Tuesday. Patrick Bauer completes his two-match ban, giving Fraeye a near-full squad.
We have done well in our last three home games against the Whites, recording a 3-2 win, a 0-0 draw and a 2-1 win.
Odds are: 13/10, Draw 11/5, Bolton 13/8.