Both Peterborough and Charlton will look to boost their playoff hopes this Saturday in Steve Evans’s first game in charge for the hosts.
Form and Table
Peterborough won their most recent game 2-1 at home to Walsall, in David Oldfield’s only game in charge as caretaker boss. Prior to that, it was four straight draws which led to Grant McCann being sacked. The draws came against Gillingham, Scunthorpe, Blackpool and then Wimbledon being the final straw for McCann. The most recent win against Walsall means they moved up to 8th, sitting three points outside the playoffs going into Steve Evans’s first game in charge after being appointed a couple of weeks ago.
Charlton currently sit in 7th, two points behind Plymouth in 6th with at least one game in hand over all of their playoff rivals. However, the form for the Addicks isn’t great picking up just one win in their last five. The win came against MK Dons but conceded late goals, threw away points in their three games before that. They lead Oxford, Bradford and Doncaster going into the last 10 minutes but came away from those three games with just a couple of points. And defeat in their most recent game to Shrewsbury means they have picked up just five points in five games.
During the week, Evans confirmed that Ryan Tafazolli is very near full fitness having missed out in the last couple of weeks due to injury for the Posh. He said that he reckons there is a good chance he will return to the side on Saturday. Midfielder Gwion Edwards is still out injured though for Peterborough but is making good process after suffering his long term injury.
For Charlton, the injury situation is a lot worse. Ahmed Kashi has travelled to Qatar to help his recovery. Mavididi is also out with his long term hamstring injury. During the week, it was also confirmed that Josh Magennis is a doubt for the game due to a hamstring problem. Fosu and Forster-Caskey both haven’t trained this week either and will both face fitness tests on Thursday to see whether they are ready for the match. Should Magennis be out, Robinson confirmed that Wolves loanee Michal Zyro will make his first start for Charlton up front in his place.
Back in November when the two sides met, Charlton scored two stoppage time goals to snatch an unlikely point from Peterborough at The Valley. Gwion Edwards and Jack Marriott struck either side of the break to seemingly secure Posh victory. However, a tense finish was set up after The Addicks were awarded a penalty after Jake Forster-Caskey was fouled in the box by Edwards. Holmes who signed for Sheffield United in January smashed the penalty home with just a matter of moments in the game left and The Valley was in shock when Ahearne-Grant got on the end of Naby Sarr’s knockdown to score a late leveller sending the Addicks fans in to dreamland.
Both sides have had very similar seasons. After starting well both sides had hopes of automatic promotion places, however, bad runs after the first couple of months means now playoffs have to be the target. Both have struggled for form of late too meaning, in my opinion, this has a draw written all over it.
Prediction: Peterborough 1-1 Charlton