Lee Bowyer’s Charlton Athletic will be seeking to win away at rivals Millwall for the first time since December 1995, with the Addicks looking to pick up their first win in four Championship games.
Bowyer’s men will be keen to bounce back from their defeat to Preston North End last weekend, with the players receiving widespread criticism from both the fans and their manager for putting in a sub-par showing at home to Alex Neil’s high flyers.
Charlton were unusually sloppy in possession and looked vulnerable when deploying a back three, with the likes of Jason Pearce and Naby Sarr failing to impress in the backline alongside Tom Lockyer.
Millwall will of course present a different kind of test for the Addicks, with the Lions known for their more direct style of play, whilst the stakes will of course be as high as ever with the game being a south London derby.
Do you agree with our predicted line up?
Here, we take an in-depth look at the likely XI Bowyer will field for Charlton against Millwall this weekend….
We fully expect Dillon Phillips to keep his place between the sticks for the Addicks, with the former Cheltenham Town loanee having come on leaps and bounds this season.
We also think Bowyer is likely to switch back to a back four for this weekend’s game, with Naby Sarr being the main casualty from the defeat against Preston after putting in a shaky display against the Lilywhites.
With Sarr dropping out, we can foresee Purrington and Solly taking on the roles of full backs once more, whilst Pearce and Lockyer renew their partnership in the centre of the backline.
In midfield, we expect Charlton to go with a diamond, as this will allow the Addicks to deal with Millwall’s tendency to attack through the middle of the pitch, with Darren Pratley playing in the holding role, whilst Josh Cullen and the ever improving Beram Kayal will operate as box to box midfielders, leaving Conor Gallagher to play as a number ten.
With Naby Sarr coming out, we expect Bowyer to bring in Jonathan Leko to play alongside the in-form Macauley Bonne up top, this is a partnership which is sure to cause the Millwall backline all kinds of problems, with Bonne being strong in the air, whilst Leko has the pace to run in behind and stretch the opposition.
This weekend’s clash is sure to be intriguing tie, with the Lions having improved well under Rowett so far and Charlton having started the season so well, it should be a cracker of a game!