There is one table that Charlton top in League One and that is the draw specialists table with twelve matches drawn. Rather surprisingly, they share first place with Bradford City, a team in the play off places. However, the Bantams have not lost a single game at home whilst Charlton have lost three.
Another home defeat must be a risk tomorrow when they are visited by Scunthorpe United, currently second in the table and fourth in the form table (most recent matches: won three, drawn two, lost one). Last week, the Iron won at Northampton, managing to chalk up 14 fouls and four yellow cards. The winning goal was scored by star man Josh Morris who smashed the ball into the top corner of the net from thirty yards. Earlier the set piece specialist saw a free kick thunder off the crossbar.
The CAS Trust preview rates Scunthorpe the toughest team to have visited The Valley this season to be faced by a depleted Charlton squad: Iron men
Odds: Charlton 15/8, Draw 23/10, Scunthorpe 29/20. The equivalent match in 2011/12 ended in a 2-2 draw.
Referee Brendan Malone has been a man in the middle since 1981 (so it is said, he would have been 13) and is now 48.
I have to confess that I have crossed Roland's palm with silver tomorrow and taken up the offer of a meal in the lounge and a padded seat (cell?). Although I have made a good recovery from my knee replacement operation last month, and I am driving again, the East Stand steps are too big a challenge.
Rick Everitt will be heading up from the Isle of Thanet before the match with his white van full of a new Voice of the Valley, although a record 300 copies sold in advance. My article traces my family's interest in football back to my grandmother born in 1875. You can read more about what is on offer here: VOTV