Wolverhampton Wanderers facing a stern examination at in-form Charlton.
While the manager of the month curse didn’t exactly strike down Wolves at Bloomfield Road on Saturday, they only managed a draw with previous pointless Blackpool and Kenny Jackett will be demanding more of his players ahead of a tricky-looking trip to The Valley to face in-form Charlton Athletic.
Wanderers could have gone top of the Championship with victory over the struggling Seasiders but probably knew it wasn’t going to be their day when Rajiv van La Parra’s first-half effort struck the woodwork.
With Nouha Dicko looking out of sorts and Bakary Sako only on the bench after playing for his country in midweek, Jackett’s high-fliers never really looked like breaking down well-organised opposition, who seemed to be playing for their under-fire manager, and a draw was probably a fair result in the end.
Blackpool’s manager, Jose Riga, was in charge at Charlton last season, saving them from relegation. But it doesn’t look as though the Valiants will be in any trouble this year as they are still unbeaten under Bob Peeters after Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Watford, winning all three home games to date only conceding three goals so far at the Valley.
Saturday’s match again showed how competitive a league the Championship is. No game can be taken for granted and Wolves will have to be at their best to get a result against Charlton, though Carl Ikeme has still only conceded two goals so far himself.
Sako should be back in the starting line-up in south London and that will give impetus to Wanderers’ attempts to get back to winning ways and keep up the pressure on the top two. But otherwise the manager isn’t likely to make any more changes to a team that’s adapted well to the higher grade on the evidence to date.
This is a clash between two in-form teams and much-improved Charlton shouldn’t be underestimated at 2/1 in front of their own fans. But Wolves seem to have developed the knack of grinding out results and are 19/10 to keep another clean sheet.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Tuesday, September 16th at The Valley.