Saturday, December 02, 2006

Inside Lane

Charlton travel to Bramall Lane today in search of points that will take them off the bottom of the Premiership table. Sheffield United will be no easy targets, with their confidence boosted by a late winner in their midweek game at Watford. The Addicks will have the benefit of a free week that hopefully Head Coach Les Reed will have put to good use on the training pitch, and also the time allowed a few of the niggly injuries to clear up.

This is the side I think Reed will name today -

Scott Carson
Luke Young
Talal El Karkouri
Hermann Hreidersson
Djimi Traore
Amady Faye
Matt Holland
Andy Reid
Dennis Rommedahl
Marcus Bent
Darren Bent

Subs from Myrhe, Anderson, Ashton, Diawara, Fortune, Kishishev, Ambrose, Sam.

I think Reed will want to try to maintain the 4-5-1 formation, which may mean Marcus Bent playing wide, but the flexibility is there should Charlton need two up front. Big Benty will be playing against one of his former clubs, as he did when coming on as a sub last week against Everton, and this always seems to give him the impetus he sometimes lacks. The only alternative is Darren Ambrose, who he hasn't really been too involved recently, unless Lloyd Sam is unleashed at last or Bryan Hughes is considered renovated (please no!).

Souleymane Diawara is fit again we hear, but after a good show by the defence last week, I cannot see him dropping El Karkouri (above) as might have been expected earlier in the season, due to his consistent good form over recent weeks.

The rest of the team picks itself really, barring unforeseen injuries.

Charlton will be looking to Andy Reid (left) to be the play maker again; now his fitness has improved, Charlton fans are really seeing how good a player he is. Now he has the goal to get him off the mark for the Addicks, he is my one-to-watch today.

Pedro45's score forecast is a 2-1 win, a particularly upbeat prediction from this website; I do hope I'm right, as the year and two months gap since the last away victory is becoming a real pain to put up with. The Blades don't score many, and don't let many in, but neither do Charlton (usually), so I think it could be tight with Rommedahl and Dazza creating havoc to the ponderous United rearguard.

Up the Addicks!

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