As an avid Sheffield United fan I will be attending this fixture on Saturday at The Valley. As most, I believe this could be one of the most important fixtures in the league this season. Charlton have been sitting comfortably at the top of the table for most of the season now, but since a couple of defeats over the Christmas period both Sheffield teams have come closing in like a pack of wolves smelling blood.
Last weekend in a close fought game at Hillsborough, Gary Megson and Chris Powell locked proverbial horns, Powell eventually arising the victor with a 1-0 scoreline at the end of the 90. In the time since, Charlton have added more fire-power to their ranks with the addition of Danny Haynes from Barnsley and may make his debut against The Blades. Danny Wilson is hoping that James Beattie will sign longer terms for United with the game against Charlton being his last league game.
Going into the game both teams have only lost 1 game in their past 5 and both have won their last 2 so it does look a very tight affair with only 4 points between them, although The Addicks have a game in hand having played 25 to The Blades 26. Bradley Wright-Phillips is place 2nd in the goal scoring charts with Welshman Ched Evans in 3rd with 14 and 12 respectively so there is definitely a chance for goals. Evans has scored 7 in his last 6 games for United so will be looking to continue his run of form, whilst his manager Wilson will be hoping that his midfield continue to get on the score sheet having previously asked them to and Lee Williamson has duly obliged with 2 in his last 2. Yann Kermogant could pose a threat for United’s defenders Maguire and Collins having scored 7 so far this season as well as Johnnie Jackson who showed his prowess from a dead ball situation taking his tally up to 8 with Charlton’s only goal to give them the 3 points at Hillsborough.
Both sides are looking good for the automatic places and without a bias view on things, I believe these two teams are the only ones who have the strength to battle it out for the title till the end of the season as from a personal perspective, I think Wednesday may just slip in form a little having lost 2 of the last 4 and with Huddersfield I see them losing Rhodes before the transfer window shuts but if not they can certainly achieve a high play-off spot. Whatever happens on Saturday I firmly believe it will be a great game of football and I am thoroughly looking forward to the prospect of being amongst The Blades fans who have had one of the best away support, if not the best, in the league this season.