Charlton will be looking for their fourth win in their first five games as they host mid-table Southend side this Saturday.

Form

The Addicks have made a very good start to their league campaign this season. After a 1-0 win at home to Bristol Rovers, Charlton suffered their only defeat so far, 2-0 away at Plymouth. Since then, The Reds have won three on the spin scoring 10 goals in the process to leave them third in the League One table.

Southend have had a very mixed start to the season. After beating the title favourites Blackburn on the opening day, 2-1, they were then hammered 5-0 at Rotherham. Since then, they have drawn three consecutive games to Plymouth, Gillingham and Rochdale in what might be looked at as a disappointing start for the Shrimpers.

 

Injury and Team News

Currently, there is no fresh injury news for Charlton and will change the team back to what it was before the Oldham match. Since left back Jay Dasilva and striker Josh Magennis were on international duty, Johnnie Jackson and Karlan Ahearne-Grant had to start in the 4-3 win over Oldham. But the Addicks boss will most likely change back to the side that beat Northampton and Rotherham in the games before that by putting Dasilva and Magennis straight back in.

Jason Demetriou will most likely return to the Southend back line after he was away on international duty. However, impressive performances from Elvis Bwomono to cover for Demetriou might give Brown a selection headache as to who he starts at the back. Ben Coker is still out injured for Southend with a broken leg he suffered in pre season but Nile Ranger may make his first start since coming out of prison. The striker made an appearance off the bench in their 0-0 draw with Rochdale on Saturday. Michael Turner is also out injured for Southend.

 

Prediction

With the Addicks on top form right now and with the home advantage, I can’t see past a Charlton win. After just missing out on the playoffs and an impressive transfer window, I thought Southend would be a promotion contender. However, with a combination of a lot of injuries and some players not hitting their top form it just hasn’t happened for them yet and I think they may have to wait a little longer before they have an upturn in form. Charlton, on the other hand, are playing very well, scoring lots and winning games. With only Mark Marshall on the injury list too for Charlton, I think it will be a comfortable win for The Addicks. I predict Charlton 3-1 Southend.

Feature image credit: Charlton-Athletic1,  Flickrworker

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