Charlton host Bury this weekend as both sides will be hoping to claim their first three points in a while after a bad run of form for both clubs.
After a very promising start to the season for The Addicks, it’s been two defeats in two without a goal. Charlton originally sat second after their first six games, winning five and losing one but now sit 7th after losses to Wigan and Gillingham. After being comfortably beaten 3-0 at home to Wigan, they lost 1-0 away to bottom side Gillingham. Charlton will be looking to end these bad couple of games and bring back the fast flowing attacking football they showed in their first six games. They have a good chance against a side who sit in the drop zone. It would be Charlton’s first win since they beat Southend at home 2-1.
Bury are on even worse form than The Addicks. They are without a win since their first game of the season and have just picked up two points since. The two points have come in 0-0 draws with Rochdale and Plymouth and have suffered losses against five sides since their opening day win.
Charlton will be without their star man, Ricky Holmes. The winger picked up his fifth yellow card in last week’s defeat at Gillingham, meaning he’s suspended. They will still be without Marshall and Reeves too, with both of them returning next month. This means Robinson will have a problem with who to put on the wing with the other winger, Fosu on bad form recently. Karl will most likely stick with Fosu and opt for Doodo or youngster Ahearne- Grant on the other wing.
As for Bury, Lee Clark said Eoghan O’Connell will be expected to be back in training earlier this week. Jay O’Shea also should be returning to training to for the Shakers. Nicky Ajose, currently on loan to Bury from Charlton hasn’t played for several weeks. He has fallen out with Bury manager Lee Clark and hasn’t even been on the bench for Bury for almost a month. This is after he asked to leave Charlton.
Both sides will be desperate for three points and a confidence boost to end their respective bad run of forms. Despite the big loss in Ricky Holmes, I think Charlton might just have that bit more quality and firepower in them to get the three points.
Prediction: Charlton 2-1 Bury.