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Preview: Reading FC Travel To Charlton Athletic With Top Striker Doubtful

Reading travel to bottom of the table Charlton looking for a third win on the bounce; Phil Owtram provides all the preview material you need to know.

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Charlton FC

Form (all comps): LLDLW

Charlton defender Harry Lennon's red card in the midweek defeat by Preston means he is banned. Midfielder Jordan Cousins, who limped out of the same game, is a doubt, as is full-back Chris Solly, who has a leg injury.

Charlton have won two of their last three meetings with Reading but lost their match at Madejski Stadium in October. Charlton have had few reasons to be cheerful this season as they sit at the foot of The Championship table and are team struggling to score goals having failed to score in five out of their last eight Championship games. Charlton have also only won three games at home all season with their last coming at the beginning of October. In their 16 home games this season Charlton have scored just 15 goals.

Charlton FC vs. Reading FC:27 February 2016 15:00 KO The Valley, LondonReferee: Nigel Miller

Reading FC

Form (all comps): WWDDL

Reading could have Danny Williams back in midfield after recovering from a hamstring injury, but striker Matej Vydra, who aggravated a hamstring in last weekend's FA Cup win over West Brom, is doubtful and may miss a second successive game.

Reading’s last trip to The Valley ended in defeat as, despite taking the lead through Pavel Pogrebnyak, the Royals conceded three goals including one form former striker Simon Church, before the Pog reduced the deficit on 90 minutes as the game ended 3-2 to the hosts. Reading’s last win at The Valley was in April 2014 when a Danny Williams strike earned three points for the Royals. Reading have only registered two wins in their last ten league visits to The Valley. The Royals' away form has been poor of late as their record on the road reads no wins in ten with eight of those being losses. Despite their poor record at The Valley and away form you would think against a side sitting bottom of the league, bereft of confidence and with an ongoing tussle between the board and the fans, Reading would be able to find a way to win this one…

Charlton (v Preston): S. Henderson, R. Johnson, Jorge Teixeira, C. Solly (R. Fannie 64), M. Fox, H. Lennon, M. Motta (Y. Sanogo 78), J. Guðmundsson, J. Cousins (E. Ba 58), S. Makienok, A. Lookman.

Reading (v Rotherham): Ali Al Habsi, P. McShane, C. Gunter, M. Hector, J. Cooper, S. Quinn, H. Robson-Kanu, O. John (G. McCleary 73), O. Norwood (D. Rakels 65), J. Obita, J. Obita, Y. Kermorgant.

What The Opposition Think

Little enjoyment to be had in following a side poisoned by a destructive regime, and a club that so regularly insults and isolates its supporters. You'll find few Charlton fans, given their side's continued insistence on being beaten in gutless fashion, who have genuine hope of avoiding relegation. But a completely unnecessary return to League One, instigated by Roland Duchatelet's flawed experiment, is only a symptom of the overall issue. One of many symptoms that this ownership are unwilling to address in an adequate manner.

Kyle Andrews in VFTTE

Last Five Meetings

17 Oct 2015: Reading 1-0 Charlton (League Championship)

21 Mar 2015: Charlton 3-2 Reading (League Championship)

08 Nov 2014: Reading 0-1 Charlton (League Championship)

05 April 2014: Charlton 0-1 Reading (League Championship)

03 Dec 2013: Reading 1-0 Charlton (League Championship)

Head To Head

Reading v Charlton: W:15 D:11 L:14

YouTube History


Charlton 0-1 Reading