Friday 13 September 2019

Charlton's impressive start

Charlton face Birmingham City tomorrow at the 100 year old Valley. Brighton loanee Beram Kayal could make his Addicks debut after featuring twice for Israel, while Deji Oshilaja has returned to training.

The Blues finished 17th in the Championship last season and were forecast to finish 23rd by Four Four Two at the beginning of the season, but they are currently 9th. The magazine noted, 'Garry Monk's summer departure is a real cause for concern - he'd done an impressive job in difficult circumstances comfortably in mid-table. They struggled before his March 2018 arrival at St.Andrew's.' The writer of the Fan File describes Monk 'as the most popular manager at St.Andrew's in my lifetime.'

The CAS Trust preview notes, 'They have had a mixed start to this season. Wins at Brentford on the opening day and at home to Stoke last time out have been balanced by 0-3 defeats at Swansea and Forest. They are clearly missing last season's top scorer Che Adams (22 goals) who joined Southampton in the summer, but much travelled Lukas Jutkiewicz (14 goals last season) is still there and has already netted 3 this term.'

Charlton completed a league double over Birmingham the last time the two sides met in the 2015-16 campaign. Birmingham have won one of their last eight visits to Charlton (W1 D4 L3), a 2-0 victory in February 2014.

Charlton have lost just two of their last 25 games in all competitions (W16 D7 L2). Birmingham have lost their last three away games in all competitions all by the same score (3-0) and have attempted just 21 shots across three defeats.

Charlton are the first newly-promoted Championship side to remain unbeaten in their first six league games of the season since Brighton in 2011-12 - the Seagulls went on to finish 10th.

Lee Bowyer has expressed the hope that his loyalty to Charlton will be recognised: Lee Bowyer

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