Friday 22 January 2016

Give Riga a chance

Until our 5-0 and 6-0 defeats I thought we might have a chance of avoiding relegation. We were still in touch with the teams around us and some of those teams are far from that great. I was talking to a Brentford fan yesterday and he thought that both MK Dons and Rotherham were weak.

Some argue that our players are not good enough, but they were good enough to beat Hull and QPR earlier in the season. Confidence can make all the difference in football and hopefully José Riga can restore some of that. Relegation will do nothing for the long-term prospects of the club, in particular attracting another owner.

Charlton have lost their last four league games against Blackburn, conceding two or more goals in each meeting (11 in total). We lost 1-3 in the last two matches at The Valley. Jordan Rhodes has scored twice in each of his last three appearances versus Charlton for Blackburn. Overall Rhodes has scored more league goals versus Charlton than any other opponent in the Football League (10 goals in 12 appearances).

Charlton have not won a league game since the end of November (D4 L6), the longest wait in the division. Rovers have lost their last three away games 1-0. They are currently 17th in the form table. Charlton are, of course, bottom.

Charlton's new signing Jorge Teixeira could make his debut on Saturday. However, Patrick Bauer (groin), Ademola Lookman (hamstring), Alou Diarra (foot) and Ahmed Kashi (Achilles) are all out.

Charlton are the only Championship side yet to be awarded a penalty.

Odds are: Charlton 14/5, Draw 12/1, Blackburn Evens.

1 comment:

Lungrot said...

The two best players in the QPR and Hull games were Kashi and Watt, so I think that not having them is a big factor as to why we're in this position now.
In those first two home games we looked like a side that could possibly compete for the play-offs.