Charlton face Northampton Town at The Valley today and the CAS Trust in their preview reckon the pressure is all on Charlton: Under pressure
I am less convinced and I am going for a 2-1 victory. There has been another classic public relations disaster at The Valley, but I am not sure that will affect the players too much. The squad has undergone further strengthening, so I am not sure that one can read this result off from the last two. My main concern is that the crowd will be nervous and quick to react negatively to the inevitable errors. Remember, support the team, not the regime!
The Cobblers are forecast to finish 16th this season by Four Four Two. They comment, 'After a title-winning season that turned out better than anyone dared imagine, the summer brought some very harsh realities for Northampton with the departure of manager Chris Wilder and star turn Ricky Holmes.'
'The decision of both men could be seen as an admission that 2015-16 was a one-off, an extraordinary campaign that resulted from a chemistry that nobody could ever recreate.'
The one friend I have who lives in Northampton supports the strong local rugby side.
Odds are: Charlton 11/10, Draw 23/10, Northampton 5/2.
Whether the long trek to The Valley today will be worth it remains to be seen, but I look forward to seeing old friends.