Charlton go into Tuesday night’s game away to Leeds United looking to get straight back to winning ways.
The Addicks fell to a 3-0 defeat to high-flying Derby on Saturday as the Rams showed why they’re right in the mix for promotion.
Last Tuesday, Jose Riga’s side took all three points away at Nottingham Forest in a 1-0 win. The result meant that all of Charlton’s last three victories had been won by that score line, and there’s no reason that the same outcome can’t occur at Elland Road.
Their opponents find themselves 12 points clear of Charlton, but all is not well in Yorkshire for The Whites.
Leeds are looking to gain just a third victory in ten matches, a worrying statistic for fans of the famous club.
Charlton’s last six matches with Riga at the helm have definitely seen an improvement down at The Valley.
Four clean sheets from six matches represent a stark contrast to the earlier form of 2014.
After successive 0-0 draws against Huddersfield and Millwall, the Addicks beat Bournemouth 1-0, before the impressive win at Forest last Tuesday by the same margin.
In between these matches there have been 3-0 defeats to both Burnley and Derby. But they aren’t reason to hit the panic button – The Clarets and The Rams sit 2nd and 3rd in the table respectively.
Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Doncaster Rovers at an unhappy Elland Road rounded off a terrible week for Leeds United.
They went into Tuesday’s game against Bournemouth off the back of their first victory in seven games, but their trip to the south coast saw them suffer a heavy 4-1 defeat.
The first half performance – where they found themselves 3-0 down by the break, will have been of great concern to the Whites fans who made the long trip, their side looked all over the place defensively.
Saturday wasn’t much better, as Leeds lost 2-1 at home to Doncaster Rovers.
First half strikes from Billy Sharp and David Cotterill gave Rovers another vital three points in their bid to avoid the drop.
Ross McCormack got his second goal in as many matches, but it wasn’t enough to prevent another defeat for Brain McDermott’s men.
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A third game in week looks set to test what is an already tiring Charlton team.
On Saturday Jose Riga opted for a 4-1-4-1 formation, and given the fact the Addicks find themselves away from home again on Tuesday, it would be no surprise to see the same formation being put out again.
Wilson Wood Morrison Wiggins
Reza Jackson Cousins Harriott
Brian McDermott chose a 4-4-2 formation in his side’s defeat to Doncaster at the weekend, but given the lacklustre nature of the performance he may decide to make some changes.
Assuming he doesn’t however, this is how I’d expect the hosts to line-up:
Byram Lees Pearce Pugh
Mowatt Austin Murphy Stewart
Last week I got the result spot on after choosing a 1-0 win for Charlton.
Given how poorly the hosts were when I saw them at Bournemouth last Tuesday; coupled with the improved performances and new found confidence under Riga, this week I think we’ll win by more than one.
So it’s a 2-0 victory for me.