Charlton Athletic return to League One action after a fortnight of cup business when they host Cheltenham Town at The Valley under the lights on Friday night. The Addicks need to get their playoff push back on track after a poor start to the season, whereas Town will be hoping to improve on a 15th-placed finish last season and break into the top half.
Goals from Steven Sessegnon and Albie Morgan looked to have booked Charlton’s place in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday before a 97th-minute equaliser from Stockport County’s Myles Hippolyte forced a replay to be played next Wednesday.
Following on from a youthful Addicks side exiting the EFL Trophy at Plymouth Argyle earlier in that week, Ben Garner’s men really would have benefitted from a first victory since their second-round win in the FA Cup against non-league Coalville Town nearly a month ago.
Unfortunately for Charlton that late sucker punch delivered by Stockport means the Londoners are now winless in five in all competitions as they turn their attention back to third-tier action for the weekend at least.
Despite Cheltenham arguably having lower ambitions as a club than their South London opponents on Friday, the Gloucestershire-based side have managed to go unbeaten in the last three meetings against Charlton and ran out 2-1 victors when they last visited the Addicks over a year ago.
We say: Charlton Athletic 1-2 Cheltenham Town
Charlton were seconds away from passage to the third round of the FA Cup last weekend before a last-minute equaliser from Stockport, with the Addicks’ defensive record showing no signs of improving any point soon.
Cheltenham have put that awful loss against Alvechurch behind them by going three unbeaten and could be on for another win at The Valley on Friday night.
Chatton:- Maynard-Brewer, Clare, Lavelle, Inniss, Sessegnon, Rak-Sakyi, Dobson, Fraser, Blackett-Taylor, Aneke, Kirk
Cheltenham:- Southwood, Long, Taylor, Raglan, Broom, Bonds, Sercombe, Williams, Olayinka, Nlundulu, May
Tip 1:- Result – Cheltenham
Tip 2:- both team to score – Yes
Tip 3:- Cheltenham to score first – Yes
Tip 4:- Taylor to goal – yes
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