This Saturday, League One’s form team Blackburn will look to move in to the automatic promotion places as they host fellow top six side Charlton.
After the disappointment of relegation to League One last season, their campaign to get back to the Championship didn’t start well. However, it has been a magnificent last two months for Rovers and as a result, have shot up the table to 3rd as well as sitting top of the form table. They’re unbeaten in their last 13 matches in all competitions, nine of those coming in the league. In their last seven games they have won six and even in the draw they were reduced to nine men! They certainly know how to finish too, scoring 15 in their last five away matches, winning all five of them.
As for Charlton, it’s been a bit of an opposite start to the season. After starting the season very well, even sitting as high as 3rd at one point. The Addicks have dipped in form and now find themselves 6th in the league table. It’s just one win in six and a season that looked so promising at one point now looks like it could be no more than playoffs. Injuries have played a big part in this downfall and the lack of squad depth is really starting to take a toll on the Addicks.
Blackburn manager Mowbray said in the week that some players are starting to feel the effects of playing in difficult conditions in recent weeks. Meaning perhaps we could be seeing a bit of a rotated team from Rovers. He did say however that striker Marcus Antonsson is now available for selection. Elliot Bennett is still suspended while Harry Chapman is also sidelined. However, good news for Blackburn fans as Darragh Lenihan is close to returning.
For the Addicks, holding midfielder Ahmed Kashi is back running however isn’t ready yet to feature this weekend. Tariqe Fosu is also still out injured but has had a re-scan this week and may not be too far away from a return. Jason Pearce could make his first start since his long term injury. Robinson confirmed he is fit and available after being on the bench for Charlton’s last match against Portsmouth. However, centre back partner Bauer is still out for The Reds but trained this week so may be close to a return.
Being a Charlton fan, as much as it pains me to say I can only see Blackburn winning this. The difference in form is staggering and Blackburn just seem unstoppable at the moment. The return of Pearce could be crucial for Charlton, however the Addicks’ injury list is still much bigger than Blackburn’s and the Reds are still without a few crucial players. The only positive I see for Charlton is that they have pulled off good results away at teams like Blackburn. The Addicks won at Bradford when they were 3rd as well as Rotherham when they were 4th. However, Blackburn have also produced some impressive results against top six teams. Rovers beat Bradford and Scunthorpe as well as drawing to Wigan and Shrewbury. Therefore I think it’ll be a comfortable win for the hosts.
Prediction: Blackburn 2-0 Charlton
Feature image credit: Alfonso Jimenez