Charlton Athletic are firmly involved in the hunt for a place in the Championship, underlining their credentials recently with some fine results.
Last weekend saw them comprehensively dismantle Shrewsbury at the New Meadow, leaving fans in no doubt at all that Lee Bowyer’s side are more than capable of sustaining a promotion charge through until May.
They’ve made some fine summer signings, two of which we think will likely face Accrington Stanley tomorrow. John Coleman’s team were in promotion contention themselves, but they’ve fallen away to mid-table and are not a side in good form.
With home advantage as well as their current good run, Charlton could well be adding three more points to their tally as they seek a way back into the second-tier.
Bowyer’s side are four points adrift of the top two, but five clear of Doncaster Rovers who occupy seventh place, just outside the play-off places. It’s a crucial time of the season and we think if Bowyer fields something similar to this XI, he could be putting more gravity behind their promotion bid.
The key to Charlton’s recent success has been consistency, as well as the exciting front two. When fit, Karlan Grant and Lyle Taylor will always play, a fact proved in midweek when Nicky Ajose left the club on loan until the end of the season.
Joe Aribo has been in scintillating form but he’s currently injured. Bowyer moved to bring Johnny Williams in from Crystal Palace at the beginning of the month and he’s a brilliant addition to the squad. He’ll look to back up the front two and maybe push on if there’s cause.
The middle of the park is very settled, Arsenal loanee Krystian Bielik will keep his place, as will Darren Pratley who scored in the destruction of Shrewsbury.
At the back, new signing Ben Purrington will continue at left back. Due to the crippling injury list Charlton had looked a little lop-sided at the back, but he’s added balance to the side.
In goal new arrival Chris Maxwell will have to wait after Dillon Phillips kept a clean sheet last weekend.