After a week off due to the international break, Charlton return to action this weekend against a Doncaster side looking to push on after a 4-1 win against Southend last Saturday.
With Konsa, Dasilva and Magennis called up on international duty, Charlton’s match last Saturday against Peterborough was postponed. The Addicks went into the break on good form, however, picking up four points in two away games. Firstly, getting an impressive three points in Fleetwood after a 2-2 draw at Walsall. Charlton now sit in 6th with a game in hand over some teams around them.
Doncaster had lost five out of their last six, leaving them in 19th place. This is before picking up a superb 4-1 win at home to Southend last Saturday. After going 1-0 down, a fantastic Ben Whiteman hat trick in the second half means Doncaster are currently 19th, three points above the drop zone.
With Reeves and Marshall both making returns from injury against Fleetwood, Charlton only have one person on the injury list. Centre-back Jason Pearce is that player, who’s out with a knee ligament injury. He suffered that injury in Charlton’s 1-1 draw with Bury prior to the Walsall and Fleetwood games. The ex-Wigan defender suffered the injury a couple of weeks back and with the length of the injury being 10 weeks at the time, there’s no chance he’ll be returning soon.
The main decision Robinson has to make is who he starts at centre back. In the Walsall game, Konsa took his place at centre back. But in the more recent Fleetwood game, Konsa was forced to fill in at right-back while Sarr played centre back. With Sarr putting in a superb performance, Robinson has to decide whether he sticks with Sarr or reverts back to Konsa.
As for Doncaster, there are no fresh injury news and Darren Ferguson will most likely name an unchanged side from the team that thrashed Southend. McCullough and Baudry could make a return but it’s more likely their first games back will be the following week against Portsmouth or Walsall. Etheridge and Andrew are both also out with injuries and aren’t expected to make an appearance anytime soon. McCullough and Andrew are both out with knee injuries while Baudry is out with a Heel Bone injury. Etheridge meanwhile is recovering from an injury to his ankle.
Charlton’s form against teams down the bottom end of the table is what has let them down so far this season. Gillingham and Plymouth have both only won one game so far this season, in both teams’ cases that win was against Charlton. The Reds have also had to settle for a disappointing draw at home to relegation-threatened Bury. However, this is the sort of game Charlton need to win if they are to make the top six.
Doncaster’s away form hasn’t been good recently, losing four of their last five away games. Despite this, they’d be relatively content with their start, sitting 17th in the table after promotion last season.
However, I think despite Charlton’s failure to perform against the weaker sides they should have enough to get past Doncaster. The return of Marshall and Reeves means there is a lot more attacking quality on the bench. There are now much better options to can bring on if they are in search for a goal which I think will be critical.
Prediction: Charlton 2-1 Doncaster