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3 things to look out for in the Charlton Athletic v Bristol City match

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Charlton Athletic face a relegation showdown with fellow Championship strugglers Bristol City visiting the Valley on Saturday afternoon.

Jose Riga

Jose Riga’s Charlton host Bristol City today (3pm kick-off)

With a quarter of the season left, both sides are in trouble and this could be the game that defines whether they stay up or go down.

A win for either of these sides could see them jump out of the bottom three and a step closer to survival.

Charlton currently sit one place below Bristol City in 23rd – only a point adrift of the Robins.

The Addicks will be looking for back-to-back wins after thrashing Rotherham United 4-1 in their previous game – their first win since November 7th in a 3-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

However in their last 10 games, Bristol come out on top with their form – winning two in 10, with Charlton winning just the once.

This is significant game for the relegation strugglers, and both sides will need to give everything they’ve got for everyone associated with their clubs.

FootballLeagueWorld writer Ashley Williams identifies three things to look out for in the game…

1) Defeat for Bristol could prove costly in tough run-in?

This is a must win game for the Robins, a victory would give them a three-point cushion over the fellow struggling sides.

A loss for the Robins could lead them to their worst-case scenario.

They face tough opposition in the next few weeks with games against Nottm Forest, Ipswich and Brighton coming up.

They are without a win since their shock 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough, and will be looking to rectify that this weekend.

2) Sanogo and Fanni debuts

Charlton are expected to throw in their two new signings that they snapped up on deadline day.

Sanogo had been on loan with Ajax but failed to score in his four appearances for the Eredivisie side.

Ex-France international defender Rod Fanni, 34, has signed from Qatari side Al-Arabi for the rest of the season.

Both players have a wealth of experience and the club will be hoping that they help them stay in the Championship, starting with a positive result against The Robins at the weekend.

3) Lee Johnson expected in the stands

Reports have suggested today that the appointment of Barnsley manager Lee Johnson to Bristol City is imminent.

Johnson is expected to be in the stands at the Valley as Barnsley are not playing on Saturday.

Johnson will be given some friendly advice from his father, Gary, who is the former manager of Bristol City and spent five years at the club.

The Barnsley coach has a relatively good record in his brief managerial record.

A win on Saturday could prove why Johnson junior should leave his post at Barnsley and help the Championship strugglers make sure that they don’t have to play the Yorkshire side next season.

Charlton and Bristol fans… How big is this game for you? Could defeat finish you off once and for all? Are you going to the game? Let us know in your thoughts and opinions below!


Multimedia reporter for William Reed Business Media in Crawley. Looking to eventually become a sports journalist. Contact: ashley.g.williams@hotmail.co.uk Twitter: @AshleyGWill

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