Tuesday 11 February 2020

No excitement in this valley

Alcalali: After leaving stormed tossed England, it wasa real pleasure to use the sun lounger by my daughter's pool with the temperature over 20 degrees C. The downside is that there is virtually no interest in the Xalon Valley about tonight's clash with Nottingham Forest.

The local dialect is Valencian which is a variant of Catalan which I don't speak at all, My Castlian Spanish is poor, but references to 'Athletico Charlton' evoke bewilderment. However, there is a rumour of an Addick leaving nearby, so I live in hope.

Nottingham Forest are winless in their past seven league games against Charlton (D5 L2), with the last three meetings ending as draws. This will be Charlton's first away league visit to Nottingham Forest since August 2015, drawing 0-0 under Guy Luzon.

Nottingham Forest are unbeaten in their past seven home games in all competitions on Tuesdays (W4 D3) since a 0-1 defeat to Brentford in April 2018. Only fellow relegation strugglers Luton and Barnsley (six) have won fewer away points in the Championship than Charlton this season (10), with the Addicks winless in their last 12 on the road (D3 L9).

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