Match Preview: Charlton Athletic vs Wigan Athletic

Jan Kruger

Here we go again, yet another away game, and what will be the result this time. Can we get our second away win of the season, or at least score a goal? All these questions will be answered in a few hours as Wigan Athletic travel to the The Valley.

The last time these two sides met, we were fighting with each other for Premier League survival. Since then and the day in May when a David Unsworth penalty saved Wigan, Charlton have slipped and slide their way down the footballing pyramid, and they are now just beginning to recover.

This season, after a year where the become a team of mid-table mediocre, they have struggled to keep that same level of consistency and currently sit in 10th place just above Bolton Wanderers. Two wins and four draws have seen them rack up ten points this season, and I am sure they have one eye on picking up three points today from a poor visiting Latics side.

Charlton by contract have only won one game at home this season and that was a 2-1 win over Lecister City at the end of August. A winless September followed, before and unbeaten October has blossomed for the Addicks. They are hitting top form, especially following a 1-0 away day victory over Blackburn Rovers.

Lead by a very talented manager in Chris Powell, who was linked with the Wigan job in the summer, this will not be an easy team to beat. Set up well to defend before hitting teams on the counter attack, Charlton has ever continue their clubs philosophy or fast paced football.

A solid base for which an attacking trio of Marvin Sordell, Simon Church and Micheal Stewert have been allowed to then express themselves as and when they can. The potent trio have managed eight goals between them this season, five of those from the impressive Church.

Wigan though are starting to find their own stars this season, or should I say star. Nick Powell is hitting a hugely impressive streak of form and his goal against Rubin Kazan was thanks to some really hard work. The midfielder is fantastic when playing just off the front man, and someone like Grant Holt compliments him beautifully, the sooner they hit it off the better.

Latics though will continue to be with out the usual suspects (Ali Al-Habsi, Gary Caldwell, Ivan Ramis and Shaun Maloney) the two defenders could be very quickly closing in on a return to the side, now that would be a huge boost to the side going into a difficult Christmas period.

Unfortunately we don't have them here now, to help the boys in blue get that first away day victory since the 4-0 demolition of Barnsley on the opening day of the season.

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