Friday, 19 February 2016

Slim hopes at the Cottage

As they struggle to get out of the relegation places, Charlton could do without a trip to Fulham, resurgent after their 3-1 away win at QPR last Saturday. The Super Hoops have not prospered under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, but Fulham showed their quality through the triumvirate of Ross McCormack, Moussa Dembele and Tom Cairney.

Before their win at Loftus Road, Fulham had been dipping towards the relegation battle, but they are now 18th. They are three places above Charlton in the form table. Fulham have won four, drawn five and lost six at home, scoring 24 goals and conceding 24. Last year we lost there 3-0.

Yaya Sanago, a bright spark in the closing stages of last Saturday's game, has done his back in and is unlikely to take part. Igor Vetokele remains doubtful. Jordan Cousins will have a late test on a leg injury.

Charlton are likely to concede goals, and it is difficult to see where goals are going to come from, although some fans think that Johann Berg Gudmundsson might weave some magic: Fan pundits

Fulham have only failed to score in one of their last 15 games against Charlton in all competitions (W8 D5 L2). The Addicks have not won away at Fulham in the league since April 1986, during which time eight meetings have taken place (D2 L6).

Charlton have only won 45 per cent of the games in which they have taken the lead, which is a league-low percentage. Fulham are the only team in the Championship with a shooting accuracy of above 50% this season (50.55 per cent). Charlton are the only team in the Championship to have faced more than 500 shots (including blocked) this season (525).

Johnnie Jackson has said that Charlton avoiding relegation would be like 'winning a trophy': Skipper

Odds: Fulham 4/6, Draw 14/5, Charlton 4/1.

1 comment:

Jonathan Acworth said...

im going for a narrow 1-0 away win