Expectations of bettors, according to declining odds, are on the side of the visiting team and, at the first moment, I thought of X2. After series of good results, both teams took just one point in the last two games, both firstly draw away then defeat at home. In London, the weather conditions are bad, now is -8 degrees, and the stadium The Valley is under snow and ice, so yesterday, even supporters organized themselves to clean up the pitch and the stands, and the club has invited them to help get the job finished by the end of this morning so that it would be approved for playing games. So, Charlton's management is trying to provide conditions for the game, they have desire to win all three points, which would give them a big advantage over Southampton that is 4 points behind them before this match. They say that truth is always somewhere in the middle, and between favoring Southampton by the bettors and the quality of Charlton is a draw. After such an effort of the host to play game, it would be an injustice to lose all three points, so I wrote off that "two " from my pick. It is normal that a question -why no home win - imposes. Striker Akpo Sodje injured his shoulder in the game with Walsall, fortnight ago, and he is still not ready to return to the pitch, but Johnie Jackson and Paul Andrew Benson will be back, after sending them on the backup bench after the match against Brentford. So far, they scored 7 goals each. However, the real problem is in defensive line. Teenager Carl Jenkinson will be again on the team, after he debuted in the game against Brentford instead of suspended Simon Francis. Chris Solly and Kelly Youga are injured, while Yado Mambo has joined Staines on loan. Southampton scored 11 goals in 8 away games and Charlton conceded the same in 10 games at home. With these problems in defensive line Charlton cannot be indifferent before the match with an opponent that is also fighting for a place in the Championship. Southampton is without good striker Lee Barnard (14 goals in 34 games), but excellent Rickie Lambert (36 goals in 54 games) is back from injury. Also, defender Jose Fonte is back after suspension, but defender Frazer Richardson and midfielder Richard Chaplow are injured. These two teams played tied in 5 of previous 9 matches against each other. According to current circumstances I expect the same result today, too.
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