Charlton Athletic vs Southend United
Southend travel to The Valley to take on in-form Charlton Athletic tomorrow afternoon as Blues look to end a run of six games without a win in all competitions.
Blues’ opening day win against Blackburn Rovers is their only maximum so far this season and they head to London in search of their first win against Charlton since 1996.
Karl Robinson’s Addicks have made an impressive start to their campaign and go into this weekend’s round of fixtures sitting pretty in third place, just one point behind Peterborough and Shrewsbury.
Only Plymouth have managed to beat Charlton so far, with the London club scoring wins over Bristol Rovers, Northampton, Rotherham and Oldham in their other four league games thus far.
Charlton Athletic: WWWLWL
Southend United: DLDDLL
8th April 2017: Charlton Athletic (Holmes, Thompson OG) 2 vs 1 (White) Southend United
31st December 2016: Southend United (Cox) 1 vs 1 (Crofts) Charlton Athletic
9th November 2010: Southend United 0 vs 1 (Racon) Charlton Athletic
Jason Demetriou returns to the Blues squad having missed the last two games against Gillingham and Rochdale whilst on international duty with Cyprus.
Speaking yesterday, Phil Brown was confident of having John White and Anton Ferdinand available again, with Stephen Hendrie likely to recover from the dead leg he picked up against Rochdale.
Michael Turner, Rob Kiernan and Ben Coker are out, with Anthony Wordsworth unlikely to feature. Nile Ranger will be pushing for a start after making his first appearance of the season last weekend.
Karl Robinson is able to call upon the services of Jay Dasilva and Josh Magennis after both returned from international duty this week.
Ben Reeves won’t feature as he continues to work on his fitness, with Lewis Page, Harry Lennon and Mark Marshall all missing through long-term injuries.
Phil Brown, Southend United Manager;
“We’re facing a team in unbelievable form, a team at the top end of the table which is a great challenge for us.
“They’re one of the early season favourites to get promoted, if not the title, and a big club in the third tier of English football.
“There’s nothing to fear. I think it’s something to look forward to, going to the bigger clubs and probably to a full stadium I would imagine. But I just want my best team available to me.”
Karl Robinson, Charlton Athletic;
“They’re a very, very good team and when they click they’ll be a team that not too many teams will be able to cope with their qualities.
“Phil has been there, seen it, done it, he knows the game inside out. So, we know it’s going to be a very difficult afternoon.”
“We’ve got two tough home games coming up and we’re going to need everything. The fans, the players, everybody to come together and make it a difficult afternoon for everybody that comes to the Valley.”