Cray Valley Paper Mills FC will be aiming to pull off a monumental FA Cup upset as they travel to the Den to face Charlton Athletic on Sunday evening in a game which is set to kick off at 17:30.
The hosts have had a mixed start to their campaign and are currently sitting in 11 place in the league One table. This comes following six wins, three draws and six defeats from their opening fifteen league games this season.
The Addicks survived a late Halloween scare on Tuesday evening to hold on to a 3-2 lead over Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium and claim their first away win of the season.
Charlton Athletic's best FA Cup performance was in 1947, when they won the competition for the first time in their history. They beat Derby County 4-1 in the final, which was the first FA Cup final to be played after World War II.Charlton Athletic's FA Cup run in 1947 was a remarkable one.
They beat several top teams along the way, including Manchester United, Arsenal, and Liverpool. They also won their semi-final against Preston North End 4-2 after extra time.
Cray valley are currently sitting in 10th place in the Isthmian South East division. They have only played five league games so far this season and have recorded three wins and two draws.
The away side comfortably defeated Enfiele town in the fourth qualifying round of the competition. Despite going 2-1 behind on the day, Cray valley put on a dominant display in the second half and ended up 5-2 winners.
Cray Valley PM's best FA Cup performance came in the 2020-21 season, when they reached the first round proper for the first time in their history. They beat Maidenhead United 3-2 in the fourth round qualifying round before losing 1-0 to Havant & Waterlooville in the first round proper.
Charlton Athletic have never faced Cray Valley PM in a competitive match. This will be the highest level of opposition that Cray Valley have ever faced in a competitive situation and will undoubtedly be a monumental day in the club’s history.
Unsurprisingly, given the disparity in leagues between these two sides, it is Charlton who come into this game as heavy favourites and are currently priced @ 1/11, whilst a shock away win for Cray Valley is priced @ 16/1 and a draw is @ 15/2.
We are backing both teams to score over 4.5 goals in the game. It is hard to envisage any result aside from a comfortable Charlton victory, however Cray Valley may be able to nick a goal from a set-piece.