Monday 24 December 2018

Visiting the neighbours

On Boxing Day I have my shortest journey for a League One match this season when I go up the road for Charlton's visit to the Ricoh Arena to play Coventry City and hopefully avenge our home defeat to them earlier in the season. It's a difference from my usual two-and-a-half hour journey to The Valley.

Coventry have had a bad run and are currently bottom of the form table while Charlton are second. The Sky Blues are 14th in the League One table. At home they have won four, drawn three and lost four.

Reflecting on their 1-0 defeat by Shrewsbury, manager Mike Robins said they were better in the second half 'but it still wasn't the level we needed to be at. We've got to get together, we all have, and make sure we come back strong on Boxing Day. What [the players] can't afford to do is to become training ground players and not be able to transfer it.'

The away games at Coventry and Barnsley are crucial to Charlton's promotion hopes. Ben Reeves thinks that Charlton are well able to cope with the challenge of the busy schedule over the next two weeks. Darren Pratley's return to action is a boost and there is a strong bench: Eager to get his teeth into festive schedule

Average betting odds are 32 per cent home win; 38 per cent draw; 30 per cent away win.

Happy Christmas to all Addicks. Here's hoping for the departure of Roland in 2019 and promotion.

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