Non League side Truro City will be looking to cause what would be one of the biggest upsets in the FA Cup over recent years as they travel to League One side Charlton Athletic this Sunday.
Their seasons so far
Charlton currently sit 4th in League One, behind Bradford in 3rd on goal difference with a game in hand. The Addicks got off to a great start to the season, winning five of their first six games, putting them second in the league. Two points in a poor next four matches meant they slipped to 7th. But another great run of form means they are back up to 4th and sit in a good position. The run saw Charlton pick up 13 points out of a possible 15 and is still ongoing as they haven’t played in the league since. The most recent of those wins being a 1-0 home win against AFC Wimbledon.
Truro play in the National League South and have had a similar start to Charlton in terms of league position. They got off to a good start, winning two and drawing one of their first three. However three losses after that left them in the bottom half. But an incredible run of form at the back end of August and in September saw them win eight straight games, six of them being in the League. The run included a 7-2 thrashing of Whitehawk and ending East Thurrock’s unbeaten start. As a result, they shot up to the top of the table. However since then they’ve picked up just two points from three games, meaning they’ve fallen to 6th in the National League South but with a game in hand over most teams around them.
In his press conference, Charlton manager Karl Robinson insisted he will play a strong team. However the hosts will be without Ahmed Kashi due to suspension after he picked up his fifth booking last weekend. Josh Maggenis won’t be involved either as Robinson said he’ll leave him out so he can prepare for two big games for Northern Ireland against Switzerland in the upcoming international break. Jason Pearce is still out injured so won’t be available either. Marshall and Reeves will both play 60 minutes as they continue their return to full fitness after injuries.
Truro will of course play the strongest lineup at their disposal with it being such a massive game for them. The White Tigers have no injuries or suspensions meaning it will most likely be the same lineup as previous league games.
Final Thoughts and Prediction
With Charlton set to play such a strong team and being at home it’s tough to see anything other than a home win. However after such a good start to the season for Truro they will certainly put up a good fight and won’t make it easy. They will probably frustrate Charlton and will make it very tough to score. With that being said however I think Charlton will eventually break through. It may take a bit of time and tough work however but with Marshall and Reeves both starting it will probably be too much for the Truro defence.
Prediction- Charlton 2-0 Truro