Charlton will look to get back in to the playoffs with a win away at relegation threatened Blackpool this Saturday.
Form and Table
It’s been a bad couple of months for Blackpool with the side only picking up one win since the 18th November. In that period of time, The Seasiders have one win, five draws and six losses. The win came away to Rochdale and their last home win coming in October against Bury. The torrid run of form means after a great start to the season they now sit in 17th in the League One table, just three points above the drop zone.
After going nine games without a win, it’s been a very positive last three weeks for The Addicks. Wins against Oldham, Bury and Walsall mean Charlton moved up to 6th and back into the playoffs. However, Rotherham beating Bradford in the week means Charlton slip to 7th, but the Addicks have a game in hand over most teams around them.
Blackpool’s defence will receive a big boost for Saturday’s match as Curtis Tilt will return from suspension to face The Addicks. However, forward Mark Cullen remains out with a hamstring injury while Jim McAlister remains sidelined also with a bone bruising injury. It is likely latest signing Daniel Agyei will make his home debut after starting last weekend away to AFC Wimbledon.
As for Charlton, it is likely that Tariqe Fosu will making his first start for Charlton since the end of November. The winger came on last weekend for The Addicks in his first appearance since the injury and he made an instant impact setting up Mavididi’s late goal. Patrick Bauer is likely to make a return to the squad after his injury but centre-back partner Jason Pearce remains sidelined. With Forster-Caskey returning to full fitness, Charlton boss Karl Robinson has a tough decision to put him back in the team for Kashi or Aribo who have both played well recently. Billy Clarke, Naby Sarr, Lewis Page also remain out injured with Pearce.
On the 23rd December, Armand Gnanduillet grabbed a last-gasp equaliser to snatch a point for Blackpool and extend Charlton’s winless run to five league games. The hosts went ahead in the 15th minute when academy graduate Aribo’s low finish found the back of the net after a solo run. However, Charlton were unable to deal with a goalmouth scramble and the powerful striker headed past Ben Amos from close range to rescue Blackpool a point.
R.I.P Jimmy Armfield
At Saturday’s match, Blackpool will pay its respects and tributes to vice-president and record appearance holder Jimmy Armfield.
A minute’s applause will be held to remember Jimmy prior to kick-off and the two teams will emerge from the tunnel five minutes earlier than normal, with the Blackpool players to wear specially printed ‘Armfield 2’ t-shirts. Once the teams enter the field of play, a delegation, to include managers Gary Bowyer and Karl Robinson, will lay wreaths in front of the Armfield Stand. Click here to see all tribute plans for Saturday’s match.
Armfield played for Blackpool between 1954 and 1971, making a total of 569 appearances for Blackpool. The large majority of those appearances were at right back and he scored 6 goals in his 17 years there. He also made 43 appearances for England before managing at Bolton and Leeds after retiring.
Everyone from The Football Forecast’s heartfelt condolences go out to Jimmy’s wife Anne, his two sons, Duncan and John, and the rest of the Armfield family at this time.
Simply going off recent results and the league table, it’s hard to see past a Charlton win. Latest signing Michal Zyro will also provide a much-needed boost up front for The Addicks so going off that I think Charlton will edge it.
Prediction: Blackpool 1-2 Charlton