Saturday, February 11, 2006

City on Sky

Charlton take on Manchester City tomorrow, bouyed by their midweek success against reigning European Champions, Liverpool. A repeat of that form should see a welcome return to the top half of the table for the Addicks.

Curbs is likely to stick with the same team that won on Wednesday, although Powell and Holland are fit again.

This is the likely line-up:
Myrhe, Young, Perry, Hreidersson, Spector, Kishishev, Hughes, Smertin, Thomas, Bent (D), Bent (M). The subs will be from Andersen, Powell, Euell, Bothroyd, Bartlett, El Kakouri, Holland, and Lisbie.

I'd like to see Matt Holland back in the side in place of Hughes - he will contribute more and allow Smertin more time and space in central midfield.

The game will bring back memories of the 5-2 drubbing that Charlton took back at The Valley earlier in the season. That game was the real low ebb of Charlton's patchy home form this season, and will be remembered for the way Trevor Sinclair taunted Jon Spector all afternoon on the right wing. Vassell and Cole also caused havoc, and their pace and movement embarrassed the Charlton defence time and again in that match. Hopefully, our general play and tactics will difuse a similar scoreline.

City are in good form at home, having won their last three, but overall, are not playing brilliantly. Charlton therfore do have a chance of getting something out of the game, and Pedro45's score prediction is a 1-1 draw.

My one-to-watch in this match is Marcus Bent - in his first four games for Charlton, he has scored once and hit the woodwork twice. He works hard, does get into good scoring positions, and knows where the goal is. His partnershiop with Darren Bent is improving with each game, and hopefully tomorrow will show what a dangerous pairing they can be together.

Come on you reds!

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