United look to pick up the pieces and go again after a heavy defeat on the South Coast. More changes are expected, as Mark Bonner looks to bounce back with a win.
We were unlucky last time we visited the Valley, but we’re stronger this season despite Tuesday’s result. Bonner isn’t known for dropping players after a bad performance, but he will be hoping for the return of George Williams at right back to get some consistency back in the back four. Tracey and Knibbs are both on the radar of Portsmouth and MK Dons and it’s possible both are in contention for a start again tomorrow, but James Brophy is also waiting in the wings.
Expected U’s Line-Up: Mitov, Okedina, Jones, Taylor, Dunk, May, Digby, Smith, Knibbs, Brophy, Ironside
Who’s In The Dugout? With less than 100 games under his belt Ben Garner is another one of the new breed of young managers making waves in the EFL. Only 42, he’s had experience managing Bristol Rovers and Swindon before joining Charlton this summer.
Who’s Their Player To Watch? Highly rated right-back Steven Sessegnon joined from Fulham on loan this year. His twin brother Ryan plays for Tottenham.
What’s Their Recent Form Like? Won 2, Drawn 1, Lost 1. They put five past 10 man Plymouth last time out.
Any Ex-United Players? Striker Jayden Stockley played for us four times under Richard Money, scoring twice. Has since knocked around Leagues One & Two a bit bar a season in the Scottish Prem and three years with Preston in the Championship.
Last Time Out: United 0-2 Charlton, 19 April 2022
Charlton beat a second string United side in this dead rubber game late last season.
UTAS Versus: Where we predict the outcome of the match against a special guest. 1 point for the correct outcome, 3 points for the correct score. This week it’s Louis Mendez from Charlton Live
UTAS: 2-1 United
Guest: 3-1 Charlton
Total: UTAS 2-2 Guests
A Matchday Album To Listen To: Luke Una Presents E Soul Cultura
This came out earlier in the summer but it’s a great little compilation from one of the greatest selectors in the game. Straddling street soul, Italo disco, £1 bargain bin records and a number of other hidden gems you can be assured that everything here is a proper groover, mate.
From The Archive: Charlton 5-2 United, 21 January 1984
Remember the early Eighties when United went for a (then) record 31 games without winning? This game here was one of them, as we didn’t manage to win a game between October and April. Dreadful.