Friday, March 13, 2009
Wolves at the Door
It's always tough when it's top versus bottom, and tomorrows game where Charlton travel to Molyneux to play league leaders Wolves will be no different I suspect. The point the Addicks picked up at Reading in midweek was a good one, and under normal circumstances, you would hope that similar form could see a repeat, but sadly, single points aren't much good to the London side at present, so far adrift at the bottom are we.
I would expect Phil Parkinson to pick a similar side to that which played on Tuesday, though with Darren Ward unavailable, he has to make at least one change.
Rob Elliott should continue in goal, while the defence has been consistent for the last three matches, with Danny Butterfiled, Mark Hudson, and Kelly Youga all likely to start again. Matt Holland is the person likely to replace Ward.
Will Parky change the five-man midfield which played on Tuesday? I doubt it, so that will see starts for Tom Soares, Nicky Bailey, Matt Spring, Zheng Zhi and Therry Racon.
Up front, we will probably see Tresor Kandol ploughing a lone (or loan) furrough, only getting sub Chris Dickson as a partner if we are chasing the game late on.
Pedro45 thinks that two tough games in a week will see at least one defeat, and as that draw was achieved at the Mad-Stat, the reversal will come this weekend with a 3-1 replication of The Valley match score.
My one-to-watch is Zheng Zhi - now getting closer to full match fitness, we are seeing what a great player he is at this level, and sadly, what we have missed for all too long this season due to injury. It should be remembered that he is only a couple of weeks into playing again after five months out, yet he is still getting star ratings. If his goal poaching can return, we might just have enough to cause some sort of upset to one of the teams vying for promotion to the Premiership. I hope so...
On Red Nose Day, many of us will be giving; I'm hoping that Wolves are the charitable team this weekend and Charlton get some return from the match. Maybe we can also ask St Anthony for help? As the Patron Saint of things lost, he could help Charlton find the ability to win an away game again; we could do it last year, but not this season. Now is the time we need to regain that ability, and a short prayer to him may help?
Up the Addicks!