Friday, February 02, 2007

Blues up Next

Can the Alan Pardew revival continue? After excellent results from the last two away games, four points when none were truthfully expected, Charlton entertain Champions Chelsea at The Valley tomorrow. It will be another tough afternoon for the Addicks, and another where the squad is stretched due to injuries to key players.

Definitely out are new signings Madjid Bougherra and Alexandre Song, while Darren Bent, Luke Young, and Andy Reid are also deemed not to be quite fit enough just yet.

This is the side I expect Pards to release tomorrow -

Scott Carson
Osei Sankofa
Talal El Karkouri
Hermann Hreidersson
Ben Thatcher
Amady Faye
Matt Holland
Bryan Hughes
Dennis Rommedahl
Jerome Thomas
Marcus Bent

Subs from Randolph, Diawara, Sam, Ambrose, Kishishev, Hasselbaink, Lisbie.

This should be the third unchanged side on the trot for Charlton, and that is a luxury at this stage of the season, when consistency is a necessity.

My one-to-watch tomorrow is going to be Scott Carson. Whenever we play one of the decent sides we need our keeper at his best, and Scotty will need to be good to keep out Chelsea's bunch of expensive superstars. He wasn't too busy on Wednesday, but certainly earned his weeks wages with a late save last weekend at Fratton Park.

Pedro45's score forecasts haven't been too close recently, though I did plump for a win at Pompey. Realistically, you cannot back Charlton to win, or even pick up a point, however much the heart wants. I'm going to predict a 2-0 defeat, but hope that we can continue the good form and put up a fight that makes the Russian owned team play somewhere near their best in order to win.

We know that the players have had heart and passion instilled back into them after a terrible start to the season. If the effort matches the endeavour, a result could be won - let's hope so!

Come on you reds!

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