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Paolo's Posh Preview - Charlton

Peterborough United welcome fellow promotion rivals Charlton Athletic to the Weston Homes Stadium this evening, kick-off 6:30pm.
Kick off at the Weston Homes. Photo:

Darren Ferguson’s team didn’t have time to dwell on the 3-0 victory over MK Dons on Saturday, with games coming thick and fast in League One.

Jonson Clarke-Harris scored his 13th goal of the season and Sammie Szmodics grabbed two in the victory against local rivals MK Dons, leaping Posh into 5th.

However, a crucial week lies ahead for Posh with a trip to Ipswich Town on Saturday, but before that, they welcome fellow promotion-chasing Charlton Athletic, who sit one-place below Posh in the League One table.

Team News and Predicted Line-up

Szmodics looks to have regained his confidence in front of goal after scoring twice in the win against MK Dons and would be the perfect time for Posh to have last season’s Szmodics back.

Dembele was also in terrific form on Saturday, gliding past defenders and creating both goals for Szmodics, despite the ongoing speculation of his future at The Weston Homes Stadium.

Nathan Thompson is back available for selection against Charlton Athletic after serving a one-game suspension, and likely to return to the back three in place of Niall Mason.

Expect from that change, Ferguson is expected to remain with the starting eleven that comfortable beat MK Dons on Saturday as Posh look to create a good run of form.

Predicted line-up: Pym; Ward, Thompson, Beevers, Kent, Butler; Taylor, Hamilton, Szmodics; Dembele and Clarke-Harris

Opposition View

Charlton Athletic's return to League One hasn’t been comfortable, but they currently sit in the play-off places in 6th, having played more games than their fellow League One rivals.

Lee Bowyer’s side has only won once in their last five games, a one-nil victory over Bristol Rovers on Saturday, although they do have a decent away record ahead of the trip to The Weston Homes Stadium, securing 21 points out of possible 36 – the 3rd best away record in League One.

Former Posh playmaker Marcus Maddison looked set to return to Posh with Charlton after leaving the club in the summer when his contract expired. However, the midfielder has since been ruled out for the fixture.

We spoke to Charlton Athletic supporter, Luke Harding, on what we can expect from his side and which player to look out for.

“Recent weeks we have been playing a combination of a 442 and 443. We’ve looked good going forward but struggling at the back with our 2 main CB's injured. Either a cm or RB will be covering there again.”

Key Players: Chucks Aneke 

"Chucks Aneke would be our player to watch current top scorer and a huge presence up top. Regularly wins the first ball, forcing teams to sit deep on him."

Previous Meeting

Unfortunately, it wasn’t the most fascinating game when these two sides last met in 2019, playing out a 0-0 draw.

Posh goalkeeper Conor O’Malley was the hero at the Weston Homes Stadium that day, earning Posh a point with a 79th-minute penalty save. That draw saw Steve Evans eventually sacked in the evening, and later replaced by current manager Darren Ferguson.

However, recent history suggests Posh supporters should be confident heading into the fixture after being unbeaten against Lee Bowyer’s side in the previous six-games, including four victories and two draws.

Past Five Meetings

Posh 0-0 Charlton – Jan 2019
Charlton 0-1 Posh – Aug 2018
Posh 4-1 Charlton – Mar 2018
Charlton 2-2 Posh – Nov 2017
Posh 2-0 Charlton – Apr 2017

PeterboroughMatters Prediction

Saturday’s victory would have given Ferguson’s men an uplift, back to scoring goals and also keeping vital clean sheets. However, this week will be a proper test for Posh with two games against promotion rivals, so three points versus Charlton would give them huge confidence heading into the Ipswich Town fixture.

Posh 2-0 Charlton Athletic

Luke Harding’s prediction: “4-2 Charlton, 100% think there will be goals.”