After 45 minutes of pure joy, and another 45 of almost heart stopping tension, The Addicks are back in action just 4 days after that memorable victory against Leicester City. A fellow City, that of Hull, are the visitors to The Valley as Charlton look to maintain their unbeaten record against the Yorkshire club. The opening two games, against Birmingham and Leicester, on paper should have left The Addicks with nothing to show for their effort, but four points (and four that should have been six) has created a buzz akin to last season. That feeling like we can defeat whatever is put infront of us is back after pre-season apprehension and the signing of Ricardo Fuller has only increased the mood around The Valley. But this is The Championship. We wont every game. There are no easy games and Hull, despite succumbing to Steven Kean’s troubled Blackburn in midweek, is one of 46 tests.
Charlton Team News
If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Chris Powell went with the same team on Tuesday night that started the draw against Birmingham the Saturday before, and I expect that trend to continue. Ben Hamer has been calm, comfortable and solid; Michael Morrison and Leon Cort have shared such attributes. Wiggins and Solly have impressed both in their defensive roles and going forward, supporting Jackson and Pritchard excellently. Up top, Bradley Wright-Phillips had arguably his best game in a Charlton shirt against Leicester whilst Kermorgant cemented his fans’ favourite tag with a goal to literally silence his abusers from the away side. New signing’s Ricardo Fuller is a number of weeks from first team inclusion as he aims to build up fitness but Dorian Dervite is fit and may push for a place on the bench. Scott Wagstaff will also be hoping to earn a spot among the subs but Pope, Hughes and Haynes remain sidelined with injury.
Hull Team News
The Tigers will be without star striker Matty Fryatt so pressure will be on new signing Proschwitz deliver. The German arrived from SC Parderborn 07 in a £3.3 million transfer but he’s failed to find the net so far. After fielding 5 at the back in midweek, manager Steve Bruce may opt to lose a defender in favour of an extra forward with Jay Simpson or Aaron Mclean likely to come should the decision be made. After admitting that their good work at the back was undone by their failure to take their chances against Blackburn in midweek, I fully expect Bruce to make this change to his formation. In midfield, former Charlton target Sone Aluko will line up against his one time admirers and will offer pace, skill and crossing ability to test The Addicks back four. Whilst at the back, former Manchester United youngsters James Chester, Joe Dudgeon and keeper Ben Amos will hope to show the talent that saw them on the books of such a prestigious club. They are also joined by brother of Johnny Evans Corey, also a fellow Northern Ireland international.
Prediction: Charlton 2-0 Hull
This is going to be a tough, tough game, but the feel good atmosphere will drive Charlton on to victory.