Southend United are now sixth in League One and third in the form table. They are unbeaten in eleven games, having dispatched AFC Wimbledon 3-0 on Boxing Day. Whilst it is the case that Southend are the only club against which Charlton have won more than fifty per cent of their matches, that was when our relative positions were different: CAS Trust preview
Karl Robinson has got his alibi out early, complaining that he could put out almost a whole side of injured players. Of course, we miss the likes of Ricky Holmes, but we just have to do our best.
Our new youthful loan signing from Chelsea (Jay Dasilva) won't be available until January and is presumably there to replace Lookman. At 5ft 4", he is the shortest signing since Matty Holmes.
Making some reference to the trip to Belgium, Robinson says that 'The President has his theories.' Yes, and pretty wild most of them are, and based on little knowledge of football.
Odds are: Southend, 11/8; draw,23/10; Charlton 2/1. I don't see a happy end to an unhappy year.