Cardiff owner Vincent Tan has told his players to adopt a shoot on sight policy at The Valley tomorrow. He wants to see 30 or 40 attempts on goal. Players should not waste time passing to get into the box, but shoot from 25 or 30 yards out. Tan said, 'If you shoot 30 times you'll get three goals, 40 times you'll get four goals, 50 times you'll get five goals.'
Tan used the analogy of an ugly man walking around with a beautiful wife because they've asked 30, 40, 50 times before getting a yes.
Last Saturday started badly when I was greeted with a shout of 'Come on Bristol!' as I walked into my coffee shop. I was anticipating a draw beforehand and it could have been a goalless draw, but for a rather soft penalty. However, we had plenty of time to get back into the match and displayed an abject inability to do so, despite the weaknesses of our opponents.
Can I hope for more tomorrow? Probably not.
Previous home matches against Cardiff: 2007/08: Charlton 3, Cardiff 0; 2008/09 Charlton 2 Cardiff 2; 2012/13, the famous fight back to win 5-4, no hope of that tomorrow; 2014/15, 1-1. Charlton have lost only one of their last ten home matches against Cardiff, but the Bluebirds have secured back to back away wins.
Charlton will check on the fitness of last season's top scorer Igor Vetokele, who missed last weekend's defeat with a hamstring injury. Deadline day signings Rod Fanni and Yaya Sanogo could be added to the squad after a week of training.
Odds: Charlton 23/10, Draw 23/10, Cardiff 6/5.