A Look At Saturday's Opponents
After Tuesday’s victory over Watford, Charlton Athletic arrive at Bloomfield Road free from the stress of relegation, after their Championship status was secured.
Saturday’s clash was gearing up to be a relegation decider for much of the second half of the season, but after Birmingham lost on Tuesday, The Addicks’ win was enough.
Chris Powell’s departure raised a few eyebrows in the football world due to his relationship with the club, but Jose Riga has done exactly what will have been asked of him.
Strong end-of-season form has been crucial for the Londoners, who’ve taken seven points from the last 12 available.
A huge back-log of fixtures, which has seen them play every mid-week since February has worked to their advantage and they’ll now enjoy a third successive season at this level.
How they’re getting on…
Four points from the Easter period put Charlton in charge of their own destiny, and they’ll have heart from a dramatic comeback victory at Sheffield Wednesday.
Riga’s side then responded well to Saturday’s victory at the hand of Blackburn, by claiming three crucial points at The Valley mid-week.
Man in charge…
The Belgian’s last management job until this season was at Standard Liege, before he took at Charlton in March, with the club bottom of The Championship.
Riga has guided the club to safety with a game to spare, and discussions are set to commence on his future once the campaign has finished.
Scoring the goals…
Marvin Sordell’s return to form has been timely for Charlton, with the striker scoring four times in his last three matches.
On loan from Bolton Wanderers, Sordell has eight goals to his name this campaign, and remains in contention for England’s Under-21 side.
Away from home…
Charlton have won five times on the road, and April wins at Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds certainly aided their survival bid.
However much of their football has come at The Valley recently, three of their eight April matches came on home soil.