Charlton will look to keep up their promotion push as they host mid-table MK Dons this Saturday.
Charlton go in to this game without playing a league game for 21 days. There was no game for the Addicks last weekend due to three international players being called up meaning the scheduled game against Shrewsbury was postponed. Before that, Charlton won one and lost one in the Checkatrade trophy as well as beating Truro 3-1 in the FA Cup. In their past league games before the three cup ties, they picked up 10 points out of a possible 12, including three 1-0 wins. The most recent of those being victory at home to Wimbledon
MK Dons impressively beat Fleetwood last weekend at home 1-0 thanks to Aneke’s first half goal. The win moved the Dons up to 14th in the League One table. It was the Dons’s third win in a row in all competitions after thrashing non league Hyde 4-0 in the FA Cup and beating Oxford in the Checkatrade trophy. This ended a poor run of five games without a win in League One.
Charlton have almost a full team available to them. Only Lewis Page and Harry Lennon are unavailable, however, neither of them would have been involved in the squad if fit. Magennis, Dasilva and Konsa are all still fit and not injured after playing for their respective nations. Magennis started the first leg for Northern Ireland in their World Cup playoff against Switzerland and came on for 20 minutes in the second leg. Sadly, he wasn’t able to have much of an impact as Northern Ireland went out 1-0 on aggregate.
MK Dons’s main striker Osman Sow is out injured which is a big blow for the visitors. Agard will most likely start again like he did in the Fleetwood win. Ousseynou Cisse is also injured for the Dons. The defensive midfielder is out with a knee problem.
Charlton have only scored four in their last four league games but at the same time conceded just three. As well as this, MK Dons’s most recent game being a 1-0 victory and the fact that they’ll be going into the game without their main striker Sow, it all suggests it’ll be a low scorer. However, I think Charlton may just nick it due to their full strength side against MK Dons’s injury-hit squad. It certainly won’t be easy for the reds though with MK Dons winning their last three in all competitions.
Prediction- Charlton 1-0 MK Dons