Charlton Athletic v Southend United December 5, 2009
The Addicks don‘t appear to be suffering from any relegation hangover this season, despite finishing bottom of last year‘s Championship. Phil Parkinson has rallied his new-look team and they have responded by winning seven of their nine matches at The Valley. The last two home matches have seen them beat MK Dons 5-1 and Bristol Rovers 4-2, so we should expect goals on Saturday, with Deon Burton having scored three in his last four.
Southend are wobbling at the moment and have lost five of their nine away matches this season. Steve Tilson is once again operating on a shoestring budget and their last two matches have seen them lose 2-0 at struggling Tranmere and 3-0 at home to Norwich. The Shrimpers are heavily reliant on Lee Barnard to score their goals and, although the former Spurs trainee might find the net in this match, the visitors are likely to be outscored by a team looking for automatic promotion this season. Best odds for the Charlton win is 1.62 at Betfred.
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