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3 in, 3 out: The Charlton XI likely to face Derby tomorrow



Charlton Athletic resume their campaign at home to Derby County tomorrow, as Lee Bowyer’s side look to bounce back up the Championship table following the international break.

Lee Bowyer’s side welcomes Phillip Cocu’s Derby tomorrow, but the former will be watching from the stands tomorrow after being handed a three-match touchline ban by the FA.

His side has been a surprise package in the Championship this season, occupying a play-off spot for much of the earlier stages of the season.

But results have slowed down in the absence of Lyle Taylor who was injured on international duty last month, and Charlton have just one win from five.

But Bowyer’s boys remain a top-ten side going into round 12, and will be raring to get back underway against the Rams tomorrow.

Here we take a look at the probable line-up that Bowyer will select for tomorrow:

Dillon Phillips has played every minute of Charlton’s Championship campaign so far this season, and is a sure starter for tomorrow.

In-front of him will likely be four defenders in a 4-2-3-1 formation that Bowyer often deploys at The Valley.

Welsh international Tom Lockyer has also played every minute of every league game so far this season, and he’ll likely be partnered by Jason Pearce in the heart of defence.

Either side of them, summer-signing Adam Matthews could continue his run in the side having making a belated debut at the start of this month after injury, with Ben Purrington likely to start on the left having been rested against Fulham last time out.

The two holding midfielders will be crucial in preventing Derby from playing tomorrow, expect to see Irishman Josh Cullen in there alongside the experienced Darren Pratley.

The attacking three behind the striker will be Charlton’s main creative force tomorrow, and one name sure to be in that is Conor Gallagher.

Leko is a striker by trade, but Bowyer could deploy him on the flank tomorrow to give them that added threat behind the striker which is set to be Macauley Bonne.

Since returning to action last month, Bonne has scored two in his last three games. Expect to see Bonne named as the lone-striker tomorrow.

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Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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