Charlton Athletic will be looking to end the Hatters’ two game unbeaten run this weekend and get back to winning ways themselves, so here is all you need to know about our opponents.
After suffering a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Blackburn Rovers last weekend, Charlton will look to move eight points clear of the relegation zone with victory against the Town.
They have picked up seven points in the last five matches, two less than the Hatters have achieved in that space of time.
A victory for the Town could lift them above Wigan Athletic and to within one point of safety.
The season so far
After a flying start to their first season back in the Championship, the Addicks have endured a tricky start to the new year, with two wins in their eight league matches in 2020.
Having had a number of injuries to regular starters throughout the campaign, Charlton are five points above the relegation zone at the start of play, a gap they will be looking to extend.
Lee Bowyer was appointed as caretaker manager in March 2018 and became permanent boss in September that same year, leading Charlton to promotion nine months later with a last-gasp winner at Wembley Stadium against Sunderland in the play-off final.
The former Charlton, Leeds United, West Ham, Newcastle United, Birmingham City and Ipswich player went into coaching in 2015.
After starting with Watford U21s, Bowyer then moved to Charlton as a coach and in 2017 became assistant manager under Karl Robinson.
The threat last time
Jonathan Leko was Charlton’s goalscorer at Kenilworth Road, but he returned to his parent club West Bromwich Albion in January. In his place looking to supply the goals will be Macauley Bonne and Lyle Taylor, the latter of which made his return to the team last month following a spell out injured and in his last match against the Town scored twice.
With 17 goals combined in the Championship, the pair have provided 41 per cent of Charlton’s goals and will look to continue scoring to ensure the Addicks don’t drop down the table.
Charlton followed the Hatters up into the Championship last season by way of a 2-1 play-off final win against Sunderland.
Prior to their recent Wembley visit they won the FA Cup there in 1947, beating Burnley 1-0 after extra time.
Further to that trophy lift, the Addicks won the old Division Three title twice and the Division One title more recently in 2000.
The Valley was once one of the biggest football grounds in the country, holding a capacity crowd of over 75,000 for Charlton’s game against Aston Villa in the 1938 FA Cup fifth round. Now since its modern development in 1992, the ground is a 27,000 all-seater.
- James Collins has 10 goals in the Championship so far this season, whilst Lyle Taylor – Charlton’s leading man – has nine to his name.
- Goals are usually prominent when the two sides meet, with only two goalless draws in the 74 games contested.
- Charlton have scored 41 goals in the Championship this season, two more than Luton have managed up until this point.
- The Addicks have picked up seven points from their last five league matches, whilst Town have earned two more in that period.