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Charlton vs Millwall preview – Can the Addicks overcome 21 years of hurt?

Saturday 14th January 2017
With the exception of a 14-year gap of not playing each other, it has been 21 years since Charlton last beat Millwall and Karl Robinson will be more than eager to be the first manager since Alan Curbishley to get one over the Addicks' local rivals when they host the Lions on Saturday 14th January 2016.

At the start of the season, these were two sides who were tipped to be towards the top two of League One, but after slow starts, both these south London teams are playing catch-up.

Hosts Charlton have started to enjoy a decent run of form under Robinson, who went without a win in his first five matches as boss, while Millwall are progressing well to try and get into the play-off positions.

Team News



After the departures of Ademola Lookman to Everton and Morgan Fox to Sheffield Wednesday, the Addicks' line-up for this weekend will be much different from the team that overcame Bristol Rovers 4-1 in their last match.

Loanee Nathan Byrne is expected to start on the wing, with fellow January buys, Jake Forster-Caskey, Lewis Page and Jay DaSilva all in line to feature in some capacity. Winger Jordan Botaka is on duty with DR Congo in the African Cup of Nations.

Midfielder Ricky Holmes comes back into the squad after two months out injured, while Tony Watt is due to be involved after returning to London after Hearts cut short his loan spell.

For Millwall, their selection choices are not as complicated.

Neil Harris has named an unchanged starting XI for his side's previous five fixtures and with no fresh injury concerns, it's expected that there will be no changes from the team that defeated Bournemouth in the FA Cup last weekend.

Who To Watch



Charlton – Josh Magennis

The Northern Ireland international has really made an impression on Charlton fans since his arrival in south-east London during the summer.

The forward has terrific strength, he is decent in the air and has the pace to run in behind any defence. With eight goals to his name this season – more than any other Addick – he will certainly be one to watch.

Millwall – Steve Morison

The forward has a habit scoring against the red side of south London, having notched seven goals against Charlton with both Millwall and Leeds.

The Wales international has managed to grab 12 strikes this season and will be looking to add much more beginning Saturday, with the Lions aiming for a play-off place at the end of the campaign.

Form



Charlton: WDWLL

Millwall: WDWWW

Charlton are unbeaten in their last three, but last played before last weekend's FA Cup ties. Millwall's 3-0 FA Cup victory over Premier League outfit Bournemouth last Saturday will give them added confidence of coming away from The Valley with points.

Head To Head



Charlton's dismal record against Millwall is proven with the stat that the Lions have won 35 times against the Addicks, while Robinson's men have only managed 11 wins, with 25 draws between the two clubs.

Prediction



With Charlton being blessed with a stronger squad than the one who lost 3-1 in the reverse fixture in December, it should be a lot tighter affair. However, Millwall come into the game in great form and will be looking to extend the Addicks' winless run over them.

1-1 draw.
Greg Stubley
Greg graduated with a first in Sports Journalism from the University of Brighton in Summer 2016 and has already managed to gain experience in the industry, working for companies such as Charlton Athletic and talkSPORT. Greg is currently the regular commentator on Charlton's "CAFCPlayerHD" service, bringing full-match live commentary along with Terry Smith of Addicks' games up and down the country for subscribers to listen.

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