Preston vs Charlton by Luke
Preston earned their third consecutive victory in Championship, this time winning at home over Sheffield Wednesday 1:0 last weekend. Most important for them, is that all of three victories came against pretty good sides and in case the team continues to play this way, they might still be able to obtain a play-off ticket and dream of promotion till the end.
As for the game against Sheffield on Saturday evening, hosts were better from the start and more concrete in attack, even though the ball possession was equally shared. However, their dominance got even more obvious once the visitors stood playing with a man less in 66th minute, with the hosts opening the scoreline seven minutes later with a goal from Garner. After this victory, htey are now at tenth position, with eight points less than sixth placed Sheffield Wednesday and in a must win situation if they are to chase the top six positions. Hosts should continue playing in their usual 3-5-2 formation with Reach and Garner as forwards. They are set to go out once again unchanged, while they continue to miss forward Jermaine Beckford (1/0) who anyway missed almost whole season.
Charlton, on the other side, comes from a pretty disappointing 3:0 defeat away from home against another struggling side Fulham last weekend. It was their third game without a goal scored, as the hosts had complete supremacy over the game and deservedly celebrated their victory. They opened up the scoreline in 32nd minute with Cairney, and added two more in the repetition, in 59th via Madl and Cairney scored again, in 78th minute.
Visitors tried to do something and had their amount of chances, however without any effectivity nor stability in the defense. They continue to be at the very bottom of the table, now being tied up with Bolton and with only twenty-five points earned, six less than safely placed MK Dons. With only twenty-six goals scored so far, it's obvious that the team will have really hard time catching with the safe zone, especially since they have only nine points earned on the road and can't get positive performances in consecutive matches disregarding where they play. Charlton will be playing in 4-4-1-1 formation with Makienok as striker and Harriot as his first offensive support. Newly signed Yaya Sanogo and ROd Fanni almost surely won't play here, while they continue to miss Patrick Bauer (central defender, 19/1). Doubtful for this game are defensive midfielder Johnnie Jackson (23/3) and forward Igor Vetokele (7/1).
Preston is on a really nice streak now and in case of a victory, they would be really close to get involved into the race for play-off ticket. Charlton are at the bottom of the table, having been really terrible all season long away from home and I don't see them walking away with something here. On contrary, they will hardly stay competitive after sixty minutes or so.