Friday, February 08, 2008



Big South London derby between two promotion hopefuls and this is unlikely to be for the feint hearted. Much has been made of the fantastic job that Neil Warnock has done in ultra short time at Palace, but we should keep in mind, that this is a very young and inexperienced group of players. Their incredible run has come to an end recently and they have collected only a single point, from games against Southamptton and Leicester, both inferior teams to Charlton.

The Addicks also came down to earth with a bump, losing at Scunthorpe last weekend, they did restrict Scunny to just one attempt on target in 90 minutes, but that was enough to seal their fate. They are keen to get back on track and will be looking to impose themselves on the youngsters, Charlton are one of the few teams to out muscle Stoke this season, so are quite a daunting team. The signing of striker Andy Gray gives them plenty of options up front, with Iwelmu, Varney and McLeod all vying to start alongside him. They have pace to spare and are one of the few teams able to compete with Palace in this department. So, all in all, they look to hold all the aces. Greg Halford, who has struggled in the Premiership, but looked a class act in this division, has joined on loan fron Sunderland and will make his debut tonight, he looked very impressive in a reserve outing on Tuesday,key player Zheng Zhi, played for China on Wednesday, but is expected to return from Dubai in time to take his place.

6 points Charlton -1/4 ball 1.98 asian line.

Back later with some more news for tonight's action.

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