The Championship campaign gets back underway this weekend and there is a massive clash between two relegation rivals towards the bottom of the table.
Charlton Athletic travel to the KCOM Stadium to face Hull City as both sides look to resume their season strongly, and ease their fears of dropping down into League One.
It has been a nightmare second-half of the season for Charlton, who have picked up only three league wins in 2020 and have dropped to 22nd in the Championship league standings.
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The Addicks, who sit two points adrift of safety, will have to play the final nine games of the season without a trio of players, including top goalscorer Lyle Taylor.
Taylor, along with Chris Solly and David Davis, is refusing to play in any of the Addicks’ remaining nine games, with his contract set to expire at the end of the month and a big move already being lined up.
Taylor has been the scorer of 11 goals for Charlton in their fight against the drop this term, but Lee Bowyer will have to cope without him and look to field a strong team that is capable of beating Hull this weekend.
It has also been a dismal second-half of the season for Hull, who haven’t picked up a single league win since New Year’s Day and have subsequently dropped to 21st place in the league table.
The Tigers have struggled to cope with the January exits of Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki, and five key players, including Jackson Irvine and Eric Lichaj, have recently departed ahead of the season’s restart.
Three points is a must for both sides this weekend, but only one team can come out on top, and Sky Sports’ David Prutton has predicted a 2-1 home win for Hull.
He said: “What a huge game this is down the bottom. Hull were in dreadful form before the suspension and had dropped like a stone down the table since the January departures of Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki.
“Charlton had fallen into the relegation zone for the first time this season, but would have fancied this game a few months ago. They have had their own well-documented problems during the break, too. Home win here for me.”
Both Charlton and Hull are in turmoil at such an important stage of the season, and a win is so massive for both sides this weekend.
I would back Charlton to win this one, though. Hull were dreadful before the season was brought to a halt, and the recent departures of Irvine, Lichaj, Marcus Maddison and two others is a massive blow for them.
Charlton may be without Lyle Taylor, but they have a striker in Macauley Bonne who has scored some important goals this season, and I think Lee Bowyer will have them well prepared for this one.