MATCH PREVIEW:Wednesday -v- Charlton Athletic

Wednesday return to S6 to take on struggling Charlton Athletic, can they avoid another embarrassing home reverse?

The Owls recorded an outstanding win last time out but need to keep the good results coming as Charlton head to Hillsborough.

Last game Opposition Result Shots On target Corners Cards Fouls Possession
WEDNESDAY Forest (A) W 3-0 15 8 5 1 10 50%
CHARLTON Middlesbrough (H) W 2-0 11 4 2 4 9 38%

Wednesday put in arguably their best away performance of the season in as they eased to victory at the City Ground, McGeady,Hooper and Matias all scored as the Owls ended their winless and goalless run with Barry Bannan’s red card putting a slight dampener on the proceedings.

Charlton recorded a surprising victory over Middlesbrough in spite of a fans protest. Jorge Teixeira converted from a set piece with Callum Harriot sealing victory late on.

Last five games Forest(a) Brighton(a) Rotherham(h) Hull(a) QPR(h)
WEDNESDAY W 3-0 D 0-0 L 1-0 D 0-0 D 1-1
Last five games Middlesbrough(h) MK Dons(h) Brentford(a) Reading(h) Preston(a)
CHARLTON W 2-0 D 0-0 W 2-1 L 4-3 L 2-1

Wednesday put a halt to their recent slide as they ended their scoreless and winless run, after Rotherham became just the second side to get a victory at S6 this season, the Owls are looking to avoid back to back S6 defeats for the first time since April 2014.

Charlton have had an awful season so far but the last three games have given the Addicks hope despite the off-field drama where the club issued a statement saying that the fans wanted the club to fail and be relegated. The Addicks are five points from safety with nine games remaining.

HEAD 2 HEAD WEDNESDAY WINS CHARLTON WINS DRAWS
20 20 15

LAST MEETING: 7th November 2015,The Valley,Att – 16,267

Charlton Athletic 3-1 Wednesday

(J.Jackson 26,S.Makienok 44,R.Ghoochannejhad 55)(F.Forestieri 73)

Wednesday were on the end of a deserved defeat in the last meeting as Charlton outplayed and outworked the Owls.

The Owls have struggled in recent years at S6 against Charlton, the worst defeat possibly being in 2014 as the Owls went 2-0 up in minutes and lost 3-2.

Wednesday haven’t won in the last six meetings with the last Owls victory being at the Valley in January 2013 where Reda Johnson and Leroy Lita put on a late show to give the Owls a 2-1 win.

CARVALHAL’S COHORTS

Barry Bannan’s appeal against the red card was rejected so he’ll start a three match ban.

Sam Hutchinson could return after his recent troubles but Lewis McGugan and Alex Lopez are also options in the midfield.

With Bannan the only enforced absence, Carlos Carvalhal has plenty of options to choose from ahead of this game.

WESTWOOD

PALMER

PALMER

LOOVENS

LOOVENS

LEES

LEES

PUDIL

PUDIL

WALLACE

WALLACE

LEE

LEE

HUTCHINSON

HUTCHINSON

FORESTIERI

FORESTIERI

NUHIU

NUHIU

HOOPER

HOOPER

KEY PLAYERS

Kieran Lee has pushed on this season and in a side that’s evolved a lot from last season he’s more than held his own. The Oldham Xavi has complemented Bannan and Forestieri well, in the formers absence, he has his chance to control the Wednesday midfield and that could prove key.

Alou Diarra is at the tail end of a career which has seen him represent some of Europe’s biggest clubs, now at Charlton, his experience as a defensive holding midfielder will be crucial if Charlton want to escape Hillsborough with something to show for their efforts.

THE BETTING BOX: 5 OF THE BEST

BET Wednesday WIN Charlton WIN DRAW Lee 1st Goal Correct Score 3-1
BEST ODDS 11/21 13/2 7/2 12/1 13/1
BOOKIES Marathon Bet logo Bookies Badge Hills BetVictor-logo Paddy Power BetVictor-logo

HERE COMES D-JUDGE

It was a game where we put everything together and it just clicked for us as we comfortably beat Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

Now’s the time to turn it around at home, the Owls didn’t turn up against Rotherham and to a lesser extent the Owls have had difficulties with the division’s strugglers this season.

Some may put it down to complacency but often we haven’t had a good plan against these sides, now is the time to change.

Games are running out, we can’t control what the others around us do but we have our fate in our own hands, one game at a time and hopefully three points at a time should see us into the post season fun but first we have to beat Charlton, let’s start that road here.

VERDICT: This is the time to turn on the style – Wednesday to have a few struggles but emerge victorious – 3-1


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