Charlton have two games left of their Championship season, two teams have already fallen by the wayside and out of the trap door – it’s one of five who’ll join Barnsley and Yeovil in League One next season, and The Addicks can ensure they’re not that team by getting a positive result on Tuesday evening.
Watford are the visitors to The Valley under the lights, where a win would see Charlton secure their Championship status, a draw would also virtually guarantee safety – a loss would mean it all comes down to the game away at Blackpool on the final day – no pressure lads.
Riga’s men have taken seven points from their last six matches, meaning they’ve just about kept themselves above that dreaded drop zone. Amongst them was a vital 3-2 win away at Sheffield Wednesday, where Marvin Sordell helped himself to a hat-trick and the match ball – a result which come prove to be the difference at the end of the campaign.
Before that, Charlton were 3-2 winners over Yeovil at The Valley, and also gained another valuable point at home to Bolton Wanderers on Good Friday.
In between these results, losses to Brighton, Barnsley, and most recently Blackburn have meant that Charlton still aren’t safe.
The Hornets have taken eight points from their previous six matches – just one more than the Addicks, although the difference is that they now find themselves comfortably in mid table, having seen their play-off push fade away, meaning there won’t be another trip to Wembley this year for fans at Vicarage Road.
Wins over Leeds and Ipswich, and draws with Millwall and Burnley have been followed by away defeats to QPR and Derby – given the position of those two clubs in the league table, the results are no disgrace.
Team News and Selection:
Jose Riga named a 4-1-4-1 formation for the game against Blackburn Rovers at The Valley on Saturday, and it would be no surprise to see a similar formation with maybe one or two changes on Tuesday.
Solly Morrison Dervite Fox
Harriott Jackson Cousins Reza
That’s just a guess at the side, I’d imagine the shape would be the same, and I can’t envisage too much shuffling of the pack, although I could be wrong!
The Hornets opted for a 3-5-2 set up away to Derby on Saturday, with the full backs tasked with getting forward whenever possible out wide.
Assuming manager Giuseppe Sannino goes for more of the same, Watford should line-up as follows:
Doyley Cassetti Ekstrand
Riera Battocchio McGugan Tozser Pudhil
Tuesday night’s game represents another tough fixture for Charlton, and unfortunately I can see it ending in defeat.
I’m predicting nerves will get the better of the Addicks, and with no pressure on themselves, Watford can take full advantage.
This all means that it’s going to go down to the final day at Blackpool. Supporting this club has never been easy, and I expect our side to make it equally as nerve-wracking this campaign. Fasten your seatbelts.
Charlton 0-2 Watford
By Alex Stedman