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Charlton v Burnley: The Big Preview

2 March 2013

Facts and stats ahead of Saturday's Valley clash

Charlton Athletic v Burnley

The Valley 

02/03/13 (kick-off 3pm)


The Clarets head south again in search of a first win in seven games as they bid to halt their slide down the table.

Boss Sean Dyche is likely to make a number of changes to the side that lost in mid-week to Huddersfield Town with injuries starting to bite.

But Dyche may also take the opportunity to introduce some new blood to pep things up in a bid to restore momentum to the Clarets’ campaign.

The manager was disappointed with the last 20 minutes of the defeat to the Terriers when his side lost its shape when trying to chase the game.

But he believes the recent run has warranted more than two points from 18 and a repeat of the level of performance at Brighton should give the Clarets every chance of a return to winning ways if they can rediscover the route to goal after three blanks in a row.

Charlton – now just a point behind Burnley and seemingly certain to retain their Championship status – lost their seventh home game of the season to Nottingham Forest last week on a grassless pitch at the Valley.

And even though they won 1-0 at Turf Moor in November when Kieran Trippier’s controversial dismissal left the Clarets with ten men, a run of one win in six does not leave the Addicks in the best form.

Last ten matches (Championship)



Charlton key man

Veteran striker Ricardo Fuller could earn a start in place of the suspended Yann Kermorgant.

The former Preston and Stoke City frontman has been used sparingly this season and has scored only four times.

But he can still be a handful and has shown over a well travelled career – which has also included stops in Jamica and Scotland – that he knows where the net is.

Last time out

Burnley 0 Huddersfield 1 (Vaughan 55)

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Lafferty, Shackell, Long, Stock, Marney (Richards 15), McCann (Bartley 63), Austin, Ings, Treacy. Subs: Paterson, Edgar, Stanislas, Jensen.

Huddersfield: Smithies, Dixon, Gerrard, P Clarke, Woods, Gobern (Arfield 39), Danns, Scannell, Clayton, Robinson, Vaughan (Novak 85). Subs: Norwood, Lee, Hunt, Lynch, Bennett.

Attendance: 11,266

Charlton Athletic 0 Nottm Forest 2 (Majewski 53, Lansbury 61)

Charlton: B Hamer, L Cort, R Wiggins, D Dervite, M Morrison, C Solly, D Stephens (R Fuller, 46), S Wagstaff (D Haynes 58), B Pritchard (Obika 90), J Jackson, Y Kermorgant. Subs not used: C Evina, L Wilson, M Taylor, D Button.  

Nottm Forest: K Darlow, E Ward, G Halford , G Jara, C Cohen, H Lansbury (L McGugan 76), A Guedioura, R Majewski, A Reid (J Greening 84), S Cox (B Sharp 80), D Henderson. Subs not used: D Evtimov, D Blackstock, G Moussi, D Collins

Attendance: 18,697

Last meeting at The Valley


Charlton Athletic 1 (Todorov 76) Burnley (Thompson 13)

Charlton: N Weaver, Y Moutaouakil, L Primus (L Sam 46), M Hudson, M Cranie, D Ambrose, J Wright (M Holland 81), N Bailey, G Basey , L Varney, I McLeod (S Todorov 46). Subs not used: R Elliot, H Bouazza.

Burnley: B Jensen, M Duff, C Carlisle, S Caldwell (S Jordan 51), C Kalvenes, G Alexander, W Elliott , J Gudjonsson, C McCann, S Thompson (R Blake 73), M Paterson (C Eagles 60). Subs not used: J Rodriguez, D Penny.

Attendance: 21,884 

Team news

Burnley: Midfielders Dean Marney and Chris McCann are both doubtful, while Ross Wallace, Michael Duff and Ben Mee remain sidelined.

Charlton: Top scorer Yann Kermorgant starts a three-match ban after being sent off a week ago. On-loan Spurs striker Jon Obika may make a first start.

Stat of the day

With only four wins at the Valley all season, no side in the Championship has won fewer home games.

They say

Sean Dyche: “I want the players to play aggressive football, forward-thinking football and win games. We’ve done well overall but we’re on an awkward run and it has to be addressed.”

Chris Powell: “We know what they’ve been doing recently but  you can look at sides in the Championship who may not be in the best frame of mind or form and then they can turn up and play exceptionally well.”

Referee: Simon Hooper

Championship fixtures (kick-off 3pm unless stated)


Derby v Crystal Palace (7.45)
Wolves v Watford (7.45)


Leeds v Millwall (12.30)
Barnsley v Bolton
Blackburn v Peterborough
Blackpool v Bristol City
Brighton v Huddersfield
Charlton v Burnley
Hull v Birmingham
Ipswich v Leicester
Middlesbrough v Cardiff
Sheff Wed v Nottm Forest (5.20)

Click HERE for the Championship table

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