Friday 1 January 2016

Prospects against Forest

Tomorrow's game against Nottingham Forest is overshadowed by the planned protests with Charlton in the last chance saloon in terms of the prospects of new ownership.

However, there is a football match to be played. Forest manager Dougie Freeman is hoping to take advantage of the recent troubles at The Valley and turn the crowd against the team, although he may be confusing the team with the owner and his chief executive. However, he has vowed to 'take the hand brake off' and is going for an attacking strategy: Freeman's plan.

14th placed Forest have won just two games away from home this season and scored eight goals. However, they have drawn as many matches as they have lost.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Alou Diarra will have tests on knocks as Charlton struggle with injuries and poor form. Ademola Lookman's hamstring injury, Patrick Bauer's abdominal problem and Jordan Cousins' recent illness could put all of them out of the match.

Last year we beat Forest 2-1 at home and the year before that was a 1-1 draw. The Addicks have gone five games against Forest without defeat. In the reverse fixture last August Forest had 20 shots on target to Charlton's 10, but neither side could find the back of the net.

Odds are: Charlton 23/10, Draw 23/10, Nott'm Forest 6/5.

Unfortunately, the referee is the steaming Trevor Kettle. He will be remembered for having to apologise for just issuing a yellow card for a horror tackle against Grant Basey.

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