Charlton vs Middlesbrough - The Preview

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Charlton host 5th place at the valley today in what should be a game full of goals.

Middlesbrough have made a good start this year, winning their last three, which included a 1-0 win at Cardiff and a massive 4-0 win against recently promoted Brentford. Middlesbrough will also take comfort in the fact Charlton haven't beaten them in 8, with the last win coming at the valley in 2006. Both teams were in the Premiership back then.

Charlton have fallen out of the top six after draws against Wolves and Rotherham. Both games Charlton were leading, and both games Charlton conceded the lead. Peeters has said that he wants Charlton to kill games off, and unlike last year goals can come from all over the pitch. Johann Berg Gudmundsson scored a twenty yard goal last Saturday and there's definitely more to come. Buyens is reliable from the penalty spot, and Jackson will always get a few. Vetokele, who started the season so well, hasn't scored the last few games. He would want to get back on the scoresheet today.

One to watch
Patrick Bamford has played well for the side up north. The loanee from Chelsea is used to the Championship, having a very good loan spell at derby last year. He's already scored twice this year, and is hungry for more. Vossen, Garcia and Bamford are a force to be reckoned with in this division.

Henderson will start in goal, with Solly hopefully fit to resume his right back position. Bikey and Ben Haim should start at center backs unless there is an injury, with Wiggins playing left back.

Midfield is a bit harder to predict. Frederic Bulot, who has impressed when coming off the bench, could be fit to start on the left wing. Gudmundsson will start on the right after his fantastic goal up north last weekend. Buyens is a definite, however if Bulot plays, Cousins could or could not replace Jackson in the middle.

Igor will start after his injury has seemed to have cleared up. Tucudean, who was dropped to the bench last game, could return to partner Vetokele.

I can't see Charlton winning this one. A draw would be a good result. 2-0 Middlesbrough.

(Team news to follow)
 

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