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Match Preview: The Addicks v. The Glovers


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By Alex O'Loughlin
November 19 2010

Yeovil Town travel to Charlton this week hoping to avoid falling deeper into the relegation zone. 

The Glovers currently lie in 23rd position with Walsall the only team below them. With a four point gap opening up between themselves and the safe 20th position, another pointless trip could see the Green and Whites fall further behind. 

Charlton on the other hand are enjoying things at the other end of the table, currently lying in second position. A total of thirteen points separates the two teams in what seems on paper, a one sided match. 

Luckily for Yeovil the game isn't played on paper, and their recent encounters with the Addicks do give some encouragement. Paul Warne was the hero in a 1-0 win at the Valley in the 2008 Carling Cup match, with last seasons game at Huish Park ending in a 1-1 draw. 

Since being at the receiving end of a 4-0 thrashing by league leaders Brighton, Charlton have gone on a winning run, winning six of their last seven matches. 

The Glovers on the other hand have failed to win a league match since the away game at Rochdale back in October, a run of form which is sure to worry all associated with the Green and Whites.

In terms of injuries the Glovers should be in their strongest position for some time, with Luke Ayling being the only definite absentee ahead of the match, missing out with an air bubble in his lung.

The question marks loom over the fitness of Nathan Smith (despite the full-back playing for the reserves in mid-week) and Craig Alcock, although his back injury is unlikely to be risked with a starting place. 

Current stand in right-back JP Kalala should continue to deputise, although the midfielder did spend most of the week with the DR Congo squad in Paris for their international friendly with Mali. 

New loan signing Adam Phillip is likely to watch his new side from the stands with the Chelsea loanee likely to be the unlucky 6th loan player.

Charlton have three injury concerns themselves with defender Jonathan Fortune, winger Scott Wagstaff and striker Joe Anyinsah all struggling with injuries. All of which will undergo assessment ahead of the game.

If you are not travelling to the Valley the game is available to listen to on BBC Radio Somerset 99.5FM, with a match report following the game later. 

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