Some matches are best described as a war, some teams line up for battle rather than to convey their appreciation for the beautiful game.
This evening, Charlton Athletic will find themselves in such a game.
Wycombe Wanderers are not a traditional football powerhouse, but Gareth Ainsworth has made them big and strong, aggressive and focused on matching any physical threat they encounter.
That approach got them out of League Two last season and now they’re fighting hard to ensure they don’t go back there. Charlton on the other hand, they’re in the top six and with a win this evening, can virtually ensure they’ll be there come the beginning of May.
There will be two contrasting styles, but in the Charlton dugout a man who would surely have loved to face up to the Wycombe threat. Lee Bowyer is a manager on the up and it’ll be a test of his credentials this evening to ensure his side come out on top.
Here’s the XI we think he should select for duty.
This Charlton side have proven themselves to be as resilient as any, taking the loss of Jed Steer and Karlan Grant in their stride. Dillon Phillips has been excellent in goal, keeping Chris Maxwell on the sidelines.
The consistency at the back also adds to their steel, with the centre back pairing of Bauer and Sarr one to be feared. The big Frenchman certainly won’t be bullied by any robust tactics and when he needs to mix it up and get aggresive, he’s a terrifying prospect.
In midfield the Addicks will be hoping a more cultured approach wins the day. Wycombe don’t let you have a lot of time on the ball, so the big question will be if Joe Aribo and Josh Cullen can find space to craft something for the players ahead of them.
It’s here where the game will be won and lost and along with Ben Reeves, this trio will ultimately make or break tonight’s fixture.
In the absence of Grant, 27-year-old Igor Vetokele will join Lyle Taylor and Johnny Williams up top. They’ll have to keep a keen eye on Williams, he’s a fragile player who has had injury issues and Duncan watmore knows only too well that’s meat and drink for the Wycombe tacklers.