Charlton Athletic host Northampton Town at the Valley this evening as they look to get their promotion push back on track with a win.
The Addicks five remaining games in March are against sides in the bottom half of the table meaning the next few weeks represents a great chance for them to climb back up League One.
They cannot underestimate Northampton, however, who are fresh off a 4-1 victory against sixth-placed Portsmouth on the weekend.
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Having been relegated from the Championship last term and buoyed by the arrival of new owner Thomas Sandgaard, the Addicks have flirted with the play-off places throughout the season but struggled to find the consistency needed to climb any higher.
The last four games have illustrated just that with Charlton suffering defeats at the hands of Burton Albion and Blackpool before beating Wigan and drawing with Oxford United – though only a late penalty save stopped them from getting all three points
Some parts of the fanbase have started to become disenchanted with manager Lee Bowyer but he has a fantastic opportunity to build some momentum over the next few weeks as his side have five games against sides in the bottom half of the table.
The first of which sees them welcome the Cobblers to the Valley after a remarkable two-game run.
Northampton were winless in 12 ahead of their meeting with Plymouth last Tuesday, a run which saw the departure of manager Keith Curle, but beat the Pilgrims 2-0 and then stunned League One by putting four past Portsmouth.
Manager Jon Brady has helped restore the confidence in the Cobblers squad and has revealed that his side “have got nothing to fear” and are relishing their role as the underdogs ahead of their trip to south London.
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Bowyer may have to make changes at the back for tonight’s game as Adam Matthews was forced off with a hamstring injury against Oxford and Akin Famewo complained of a tight hamstring after the game.
We’ve seen the Addicks boss shift things around on a regular basis this term and he could bring the newly available Darren Pratley, who has served his suspension, back into the fold this evening.
Northampton could be forced to make a few changes of their own, with Brady revealing that Shaun McWilliams is one of a number of players that are a doubt for tonight’s game after picking up a knock against Pompey.
He said: “We’ve got a couple of niggles here and there and if we have to protect one or two we will but if anybody does have to come in they will be ready to go.”
A Pratley opener and Jack Sowerby’s own goal helped the Addicks win the reverse fixture 2-0 in October and continue their recent dominance over Northampton.
Charlton have won the last three meetings between the two sides with an aggregate scoreline of 10-1 but you feel they would take the three points however they come this time around.
You have to go back to 1935 for the last time Northampton beat the Addicks on the road – a record that Bowyer will be desperate to uphold this evening.