Goal-shy Owls might struggle to conquer The Valley.
The Addicks and the Owls made strong starts to the Championship season but both have been forced to reassess their ambitions following recent lulls.
It’s four years since Wednesday last lost at the Valley, the sides sharing the points in London in December last year. But Charlton did win twice at Hillsborough last season and will be hoping to cash in on Wednesday’s winless run.
Stuart Gray has been under pressure to add to his squad with Sam Hutchinson among the long-term absentees. But Wednesday can only operate in the loan market with the transfer window shut until January and they haven’t had a lot of luck in that department so far. Royston Drenthe hasn’t pulled up any trees since arriving from Reading and young midfielder Hallam Hope has been allowed to return to parent club Everton.
The Owls’ recent performances and slide down the table is becoming a worry. Only Kieren Westwood’s brilliance prevented a real a hammering by Norwich at Hillsborough last week and it is now four matches since they scored a goal and eight games since they won.
Veteran Gary Taylor-Fletcher has been drafted in and could give Wednesday a bigger goal threat but will probably need a couple of games to regain match fitness having not featured for Leicester in the Premier League this season.
The one saving grace is that Charlton come into this fixture off the back of a comprehensive defeat at Fulham but they are a different prospect in front of their own fans. Bob Peeters’s side have won four of their seven homes games so far and drawn the other three.
Only current Championship leaders Derby County have so far managed to score more than once at the Valley and they still lost. They are doing well for a squad that generally lacks a bit of experience and will be a real test for an out-of-sorts Wednesday.
Early optimism has largely evaporated and it could be a long trek home for Wednesday fans travelling down to the capital. Charlton are 17/10 for another home win and, with the Owls struggling for goals, could be a fair bet at 9/5 to keep a clean sheet.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, November 1st at The Valley.
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