Friday 3 February 2017

Haddock v Cod

Tomorrow sees the first meeting at The Valley between Charlton Athletic and Fleetwood Town. In the Four Four Two review at the beginning of the season, a Fleetwood fan singled out the visit to The Valley as one he was looking forward to.

With their usual forecasting accuracy, Four Four Two saw Fleetwood finishing 22nd. Last season they were 19th. Fleetwood are currently 4th and top the form table in which Charlton are 5th. At home they have lost just one match, but away from home they have lost six, winning five and drawing three. They have not lost in the league since early November. Last Saturday Uwe Rossler had four strikers on at the end of the match as they snatched a draw from Southend.

Owner and chairman Andy Pilley has put £10m into the club, although he is now moving towards a self-sustaining model. Steve Pressley was did not live up to his billing as manager, and was seen by fans as tactically inept, but Uwe Rossler is very shrewd.

Bolstered by the win at Bolton, many Charlton fans see the play offs in reach. This match will be a key test of that ambition.

The CAS Trust preview is available here: Three points?

Odds: Charlton 31/20, Draw 11/5, Fleetwood 9/5.

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