Charlton (H) Match Preview

After recent wins against former Premier League opposition at Wigan and the noisy bunch down the A14, the U’s will be looking to claim another scalp when Charlton Athletic visit the Abbey on Tuesday.

The U’s will be hoping to set the record straight against The Addicks after the reverse fixture at The Valley in December ended in an undeserving 2-0 defeat. Though having just won against the league leaders in front of the SKY cameras on Saturday, Cambridge will be looking to capitalise on a rich vein of form which has seen them lose only once in their last five games.

Takeaways from Bonner’s presser

  • Iredale is almost certain to leave, contract has been on the table for months
  • As many changes as possible will be made to the XI
  • Tolaj has returned to Brighton, game time was not available. Jack Swindlehurst disappointed.
  • Delighted with the result on Saturday

Expected line-up

With this game being one of nearly 50-odd already played this season, Bonner has said he’ll be making several changes to the line-up. Expect to see appearances from the likes of Bennett, Hoolahan and Tracey at least. 

Mitov; Williams, Okedina, Iredale, Bennett; Digby, O’Neil; Tracey, Hoolahan, Lankester; Big Joe.

Opposition preview

It’s fair to say Charlton have had a very disappointing season after being tipped for promotion by some in August, they’re currently sat in 15th with a four point gap between the U’s. 

A poor start saw them sack Nigel Adkins and bring in club legend Johnnie Jackson who has steadied the ship resulting in wins against the likes of Plymouth, Ipswich and Rotherham. 

Who is their player to watch?

Conor Washington scored a brace the last time these two sides last met however he has recently fallen out of favour so expect to see him appear off the bench. Notable players for The Addicks include midfielder George Dobson and former U Jayden Stockley.

Who’s in the dugout?

Club legend Johnnie Jackson was given the job permanently after their win in December and, as stated before, has led the team to some impressive wins since then. 

What’s their recent form like?

L, W, D, L, W.

Any ex-United players?

Dimi Mitov rose through the ranks at Charlton however he never made an appearance for the South London club. Their top scorer Jayden Stockley had a spell at United in our first season back in the EFL with just two goals to show for it. Conor Washington was also linked with a move to the club too. 

Last time out

A matchday album to listen to

Emerging out of the Isle Of Wight, alternative duo Wet Leg burst onto the scene with the catchy, innuendo-laden hit Chaise Longue late last year, and since then have churned out an entertaining eponymous debut LP. The rest of the album is full of instantly loveable tracks like Too Late Now and Ur Mum, a must listen for anyone and everyone. 

The UTAS team’s terrible Moosenet predictions

Marc: 1-0, Hoolahan

Owen: 2-0, Knibbs

Jules: 2-0, Smith

Jordan: 2-1 United, Ironside

Matt: 1-1, Simper

Jack: 2-1 United, Smith (I’ll be pretending it’s Tolaj though)

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