Sky Sports pundit David Prutton has predicted that Charlton will be able to hold high-flying Preston to a 1-1 draw when the two sides meet at The Valley on the weekend.
Josh Cullen’s stoppage-time penalty saw Charlton secure a 2-2 draw against West Brom last weekend, and Prutton now thinks Lee Bowyer’s side will seal another point when they Lilywhites on Saturday.
Charlton have made an impressive start to the season following their promotion from League One last term, while Preston have also made a surprisingly positive start with their seven victories in 14 matches.
Alex Neil’s side travel down south to The Valley following a late 3-2 victory over Blackburn at Deepdale last Saturday, but they have not been as strong away from home having claimed one league win on the road this term.
Speaking via Sky Sports website, Prutton has claimed that Charlton possess the resolve to ensure Preston’s mediocre away form continues, but he thinks Neil’s side have enough quality to claim a point from the match.
“That was a cracking draw for Charlton at West Brom last week, to nick it so late in the day at the home of the league leaders proved the resolve this side have under Lee Bowyer,” he said.
“Preston headed into the weekend in the automatic-promotion spots, but the vast majority of their wins have come at home this season. They struggle a little on the road, but have enough about them to get a point on Sunday.”
Who will come out on top?
It will be an interesting clash between these two sides on Saturday afternoon, as it could be argued that both Charlton and Preston have somewhat exceeded expectations this term.
Preston’s away form has been poor for a side sitting so high in the league table, and Neil will be urging his side to address this issue sooner rather than later if they are to mount a serious promotion challenge this campaign.
Meanwhile, Charlton will be buoyed by the fact they have been able to secure a number of positive results in recent weeks given their lengthy injury list, and a 3-0 victory over Derby in their last match at The Valley should give them plenty of confidence ahead of this one.