Draw specialists Charlton unlikely to give Wednesday an easy ride
Charlton Athletic have won two and drawn two of their last four matches with Sheffield Wednesday and will fancy their chances of getting a result at Hillsborough this weekend.
For the first time since a mid-table finish was more or less guaranteed, Wednesday’s players were probably guilty of taking their foot off the gas a little at high-flying Norwich on Monday and paid the penalty. Two first-half goals from the Canaries’ Bradley Johnson settling a one-sided encounter with Alex Neil’s side able to coast through the second period without breaking sweat.
That was a below-par away performance from Sheffield Wednesday as they’ve been so good on the road. Hillsborough, however, has been a different matter with Stuart Gray’s team having managed just four victories all season in front of their long-suffering fans.
They’ve only scored 13 goals in those 20 matches but Sergiu Bus’ late strike against Huddersfield a week ago should have been enough for them to take all three points, only for a late defensive lapse to gift the Terriers a last-gasp equaliser.
Both sides arrive for this game with little but pride to play for and the respective managers may take the opportunity to assess whether fringe members of their squad are worth a new contract.
Gray made several changes at Norwich and is likely to rotate his squad again with Stevie May, Atdhe Nuhui, Kamil Zayatte and Sam Hutchinson all likely to feature at some stage against the Addicks, who only took a point from their matches over Easter, like Wednesday, but ended March with victories over Reading and Blackpool.
They are capable of decent form if in the mood with Welsh international Simon Church usually at the heart of most of their good work, though he was only on the bench for Tuesday’s draw with Fulham.
Charlton are currently one point and place ahead of Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship table and both sides will be aiming to finish in the top half. The visitors have drawn more games in the league than anyone else and would probably be happy with a point in South Yorkshire. We have priced up the draw at 23/10. A 1-1 correct score has proved popular this season at Hillsborough and that can be backed at 23/5.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, April 11 at Hillsborough.