With the transfer window coming to an end (but not quite closed at the time of writing) it’s time to turn attentions to the pitch. Following a week without football after not being involved in the second round of the League Cup, the Addicks will be raring to go and get back to winning ways against a tough Nottingham Forest side at The City Ground. Forest themselves came unstuck in the cup on Tuesday night thanks to some frightfully good goals in a 4-1 defeat to Wigan, but have strengthened their squad with the signings of Billy Sharp and James Coppinger. There’s no doubt this will be a huge test for the away side.
Charlton team news
Dale Stephens didn’t travel with the squad ahead of a proposed move to Aston Villa and despite the move breaking down, it’s unlikely he’ll feature tomorrow. This will mean The Addicks are forced to make a change to their starting line up for the first time this season. I expect Bradley Pritchard, who has been playing on the right flank, will come into the middle and either Scott Wagstaff or Danny Green will start on the right. New signing David Button will be on the bench after Sullivan didn’t travel and both Fuller and Haynes are pushing for their first inclusions of the season and may well be on the bench. Haynes has recovered from a hamstring problem will add extra pace in the dying moments of the match if needed whilst Fuller, although not ready to start, has improved his match fitness enough to be considered as a substitute.
Forest team news
The Kuwaiti owned club will be without new signings Coppinger and Sharp who didn’t sign in time, but that wont dent the home side to much, who have a wealth of new additions to pick from. Former Addick Greg Halford is likely to start, whilst Simon Cox, who scored in midweek, will lead the line upfront. Away from new signings, Andy Reid will get a good reception from the Charlton fans as he plays against his old club for the first time. On the injury front, Forest manager Sean O’Driscoll has a full squad to choose from baring striker Marcus Tudgay who has a groin problem.
Prediction: Forest 1-1 Charlton
I’m predicting a draw with an optimistic hat on, this will be an incredibly difficult challenge for Chris Powell’s men.