Charlton Athletic welcome Oxford United to The Valley in the Sky Bet League One this Tuesday. Charlton will be looking to build on their prolific draw against Rochdale on the weekend. Meanwhile, Michael Appleton’s Oxford will be looking to bounce back from their FA Cup defeat to Middlesborough.
Karl Robinson has struggled to make his mark at The Valley since he joined the Southeast London outfit last November. The former MK Dons manager has only succeeded in three league victories since taking over, the majority of his games in his tenure being draws. On the other hand, the Addicks’ manager will be looking to close the eight-point gap between his side and the playoff positions, building on the 3-3 draw against Rochdale on the weekend.
Newly promoted Oxford United under Michael Appleton have delivered solidarity and consolidation in League One. The U’s currently sit 12th, accumulating a total 43 points. Not only have they performed well in their new league, they also went on an impressive FA Cup run, progressing to the fifth round. Unfortunately, Oxford were unable to get past Premier League Middleborough who knocked them out of the competition on the weekend, after beating them 3-2.
In the 54th minute Ademola Lookman fired a free kick into the Oxford penalty area, but U’s defender Phil Edwards, made the mistake of handling the ball, giving the referee no other choice but to reward a penalty to the traveling team. Moments later Johnnie Jackson walked up to the penalty spot and slotted the ball down the middle and into the goal as Simon Eastwood dived to his right.
However, Charlton only held onto their lead for 13 minutes. In the 67th minute, Oxford United ensured that their side tallied a point after a valuable swift counter-attack. Kane Hemmings picked out Maguire making a run to his right, and Maguire drove beyond Declan Rudd from 14 yards out.
In the final stages of the game (94th minute), Harry Lennon fouled Liam Sercombe for the second time, leading to the Addicks’ defender picking up a second yellow card, and being instructed to leave the field of play.
Charlton will have Jason Pearce and Ahmed Kashi absent due to their long term injuries.
Oxford United will be without Wes Thomas due to an Achilles injury. Meanwhile, defenders Christian Ribeiro and Sam Long could feature as they have recovered from their respective injuries.
Expected Starting XIs:
Charlton Athletic (4-2-3-1): Rudd – Page, Teixeira, Bauer, Solly – Forster-Caskey, Crofts – Holmes, Watt, Byrne – Magennis.
Oxford United (4-4-2): Eastwood – Skarz, Dunkley, Nelson, Edwards – Maguire, Lundstram, Ledson, Hall – Martinez, Hemmings.
Oxford will be emotionally and physically exhausted after their 3-2 defeat to Middlesborough on the weekend which could have an effect on their performance on Tuesday. However, Charlton are feeling the pressure as they have let their last few games run away from them. The Addicks have been dropping easy points and have possibly made a playoff spot finish too big of a challenge. But, both clubs will have a point to prove. Charlton will be looking to prove that the fight for promotion is not over yet. Whereas, Oxford will want to show their fans that they enjoyed their cup run but it’s time to focus on a strong league finish.
The game will be plagued with fatigue, a 1-1 draw the most likely outcome.