The Addicks face Shrewsbury on Saturday at the New Meadow, in a tie that looks guaranteed to be a close contest based on this season’s performances from both sides. The most recent encounter between the teams saw Charlton beat the Shrews with an emphatic 6-0 score line.
This season, the Shrews faithful have experienced either pure joy or disappointment, with the side not drawing a single game in eight matches. This puts Matthew Taylor’s side in 17th place, however their position could be higher if they were clinical In front of goal, as they’ve managed to score just four times this season. Two of Shrewsbury’s three wins have come at home, which should give them more confidence ahead of the weekend.
Last time out, the Shrews travelled to Leyton Orient where they suffered a 1-0 defeat. It was the same old story as always as Shrewsbury just couldn’t finish their chances, ending the game on three big chances missed. The only positive is that they limited the opponent to one shot on target all game, which was ultimately the winning goal.
The Addicks started the season with a win, but their form dramatically dipped in the next four games as they picked up four consecutive defeats. Since then, Charlton seem to have found the right balance in attack and defence, picking up seven points from their last three games. Michael Appleton’s side are one place above this weekend’s opponent in 16th. Defending has been their biggest weakness, but that seems to have improved in recent weeks, and their ability to score has been apparent all season, only not netting in one game.
Charlton swept Wycombe aside last week, beating them 3-1 at home. The hosts took the lead in the 27th minute but conceded just after the break. The Addicks showed character as they regained the lead with ten minutes to go, before adding to their tally in the 94th minute. This result puts them in a great position ahead of the weekend, as they look to win their first game on the road.
Both sides have had a very average start to the campaign and they will be desperate to climb up the table this weekend. Charlton can score unlike Shrewsbury which automatically gives them the upper hand. The visitors should just edge the tie.
The final prediction is Shrewsbury 0-2 Charlton.