Tonight, Charlton Athletic take on London rivals Fulham at The Valley, with both clubs looking to push on as they aim to reach their respective targets for the season.
Addicks manager Lee Bowyer will have been busy on the training ground as he attempts to halt his side’s slide down the table, and he will be looking towards certain players such as January signing Andre Green to try and turn things around.
The former Charlton player will have devised a game plan that is good enough for the Addicks to try and get past Fulham, and here is two weaknesses that the Addicks can exploit against Scott Parker’s Fulham tonight…
Pace in behind
Fulham’s defence isn’t known to be the quickest when caught in a footrace with opposition attackers, and the likes of Tim Ream and Michael Hector could be in for a long night if Andre Green and Josh Davison end up targeting them.
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Charlton have the players in their midfield such as Jonny Williams who can pick a pass forward and send long, diagonal balls over the top for Addicks loanee Green to chase and give Fulham a tough time while he’s at it.
If the hosts are able to weight their clearances and passes over the top, then the quicker players from an attacking sense in Charlton’s team will be able to beat their London opponents to the ball and drive towards goal, with the visitors left in their wake.
The likes of Alfie Doughty and Adam Matthews may also be given the chance to stretch their legs from full-back, as they can get forward and test Dennis Odoi, Cyrus Christie and Joe Bryan, Christie not known for his pace especially.
The midfield battle
Fulham and Charlton’s midfields will be well matched tonight, with both managers preferring to use a three-man midfield as they look to gain the upper hand on their opponents.
However, the Addicks’ midfield may be better suited to the conditions and more in the mood for a midfield battle, with Jonny Williams, Darren Pratley and Ben Dempsey all able to win the second ball and start attacks.
Fulham’s midfield three, which consisted of Kevin MacDonald, Tom Cairney and Josh Onomah against Middlesbrough, can be viewed as more attacking rather than defensive and gives Charlton an advantage to reach any second ball.
With the quick reactions of the Addicks midfield and the pace that Charlton possess when running in behind, a combination of the two could be dangerous for Fulham’s midfield and defence when away from home.