Two teams high on confidence, plenty of sub plots and the first Championship match to be played at the Valley. Tuesday promises to be an exciting affair. Leicester come into the game on the back of a league victory against Peterborough and an emphatic 5-1 hammering of Barnet in the Capital One Cup whilst Charlton fans have had their confidence lifted by a strong display that merited victory in their 1-1 draw with Birmingham. Once again, on paper it’s nailed on to be a win for The Foxes but never rule out this Charlton side.
Home Team News
The Addicks have no fresh injury concerns going into the game but Pope, Hughes and Haynes remained sidelined. Consequently, it would be appear obvious for Chris Powell to name the same team that played so well at St. Andrews. That would see Leicester old boys Michael Morrison and, more dramatically, Yann Kermorgant start against their former employers. Morrison, along with manager Powell, is respected among the Foxes’ fans but Kermorgant is enemy number one following his famous penalty miss in the 2009/10 play-off semi final. The Charlton fans’ favourite will have more support than ever, and a goal tomorrow night from the Frenchman will lift the roof off The Valley. With inexperienced Moore expected to start at Right Back for the away side, Jackson and Wiggins linking down the left and delivering balls for Kermorgant and Wright Phillips will be crucial to an Addicks victory.
Away Team News
There’s also a couple of familiar faces in the Foxes’ team as Paul Konchesky and Martyn Waghorn are expected to return to the Valley. One time youngest ever play Konchesky is expected to start at the back along with new signing De Leat, Morgan and youngster Moore, whilst Waghorn is likely to have to settle for a place on the bench with the abundance of attacking options available to Leicester. The abundance in attack is counter acted by a number of defensive absentees with Whitebread and St. Ledger both injured. Leicester’s bench was top heavy on Saturday and any injury at the back could give The Addicks a huge advantage. The Key for Leicester will be their wide man with Dyer and Marshall both very talented and likely to cause Wiggins and Solly serious problems.
Prediction: Charlton 2-1 Leicester
It’s written in the stars isn’t it? A Yann Kermorgant winner to give The Addicks their first three points of the season.