Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Baggies preview: 250th Premiership match

Charlton go into their 250th Premiership match hoping for three points against the Baggies tonight. One should never read results off the table and last season West Brom came to The Valley and delivered a stunning 4-1 defeat of the Addicks. Since then the Baggies have won only one away victory (at Wigan) and their tally of four goals in 11 games is the lowest in the Premiership. Charlton are now unbeaten in four and have completed 25 league matches without a goalless game.

Midfielder Ronnie Walwork is suspended and Steve Watson is an injury doubt. However, our nemesis last year, super midget Robert Earnshaw is back in the squad.

The Addick's back line looks like being Powell, Fortune, Hredidarsson and Young in front of Myhre. Presumably it will be double Bent up front with Bothroyd on the bench. The midfield is the greatest uncertainty, particularly given continuing doubts about the future of Danny Murphy. I would bring in Thomas and Smertin who sparkled on Saturday. I would retain Kishishev despite his poor performance against Orient as there is no other battling defensive midfielder in the squad. I would probably use Holland, if he is no longer limping, rather than Ambrose, with the latter on the bench.

I am going for 2-1 to the Addicks. Work commitments prevent my attendance, but Erith Addick Paul May will be there to write the match report.


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