Reading visit Charlton on Saturday, where they will look to take their EFL Trophy form into League One. The most recent meeting between the two sides ended in a 1-0 win to the visitors.
The Addicks are currently in 14th place in League One after 11 matches, which is two less games than 13th Burton. Charlton have earned 15 points and they struggled for consistency in the early weeks, but they are unbeaten in the last six matches. Michael Appleton’s side have a below average goals conceded record per game (1.27) but they have the sixth best goals scored average per game (1.55). Charlton also have the fifth best home record in League One.
Last time out, the Addicks held Blackpool to a 2-2 home draw. Blackpool opened the scoring in the 34th minute and they doubled their lead in the 70th minute. However, Charlton showed unbelievable character to bounce back and they scored a quickfire double in the 81st and 83rd minute, thanks to Alfie May and Corey Blackett-Taylor.
Unlike Charlton, Reading haven’t won a game in their last four matches and Ruben Selles will be under pressure, with his side in 22nd place. The Royals have the fourth worst record in attack, with an average of 0.82 goals per game. They also concede the fifth most goals per game (1.36) but that statistic increases to above two when playing away from home.
Reading didn’t play last weekend, but their most recent match was a 2-1 defeat on the road to Leyton Orient. Selles’ team only registered 30% possession and although they had spells in transition, they struggled to get a real foothold In the tie. The hosts scored in the 26th minute but Reading hit back ten minutes later. Leyton Orient deservedly scored the winner in the 90th minute.
Charlton will look to continue their run of good form and they should be confident of picking up three points this weekend. Reading will look to frustrate the hosts, but they will have to be more solid as a unit if they are to pick up a victory.
The final prediction is Charlton 2-0 Reading.