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Fulham visit Charlton ~ Ch. Match Preview 41

last updated Monday 06th April 2015, 10:57 PM

Fulham Manager Kit Symons
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Charlton Athletic will be looking to show their supporters that Friday's defeat against struggling Millwall was a blip and that they can continue their impressive recent form until the end of the season.

However, they face a London derby with a Fulham side who are still not assured of Championship survival as they are seven points above the drop zone with six games remaining.

The Addicks' season was almost in danger of being remembered for a publicity stunt more than on-field performances after Bob Peeters was sacked in January following a run of one win in 12.

Guy Luzon initially struggled to turn Charlton's fortunes around in the early part of his reign, but the Israeli coach has presided over a run of five victories in their last seven outings to pull the South London outfit into the top half of the table.

His team did slump to a defeat against relegation-threatened Millwall at the New Den on Friday, but otherwise Charlton are one of the in-form teams in the English second tier. Indeed, only Bournemouth and Middlesbrough have better records than the side from The Valley in recent weeks.

Luzon's men are not mathematically out of the running for a playoff place, but the Addicks will need an amazing slice of fortune to get anywhere near the top six come May.

However, Charlton may feel that a promising finish to a sometimes turbulent campaign could pave the way for a tilt at promotion next season.

After relegation from the Premier League last season, Fulham fans may have been forgiven for thinking that their team should be in contention to reclaim their top-flight status at the first attempt.

However, Felix Magath presided over a nightmare start to the campaign, which saw Fulham loitering at the bottom of the Championship in the early weeks.

Inevitably, the German coach and his punishing training methods were cast aside in September in favour of former Cottagers defender Kit Symons, who took over the team on a caretaker basis initially.

After five wins in nine games, Symons was awarded the role on a permanent basis, but Fulham have been unable to pull away from the relegation battle and Friday's 4-1 home defeat at the hands of playoff-chasing Brentford did nothing to help their survival bid.

The West London outfit, who were in the final of the Europa League only five years ago, have only won once in their last six games, a 2-0 victory at Huddersfield Town, in a bizarre match which saw Terriers forward Nakhi Wells miss two penalties and Alex Kacaniklic score direct from a corner.

Fulham's run in may give them hope of securing their Championship status as they do not meet a top-10 team until their final two fixtures of the season, which gives the Cottagers an opportunity to confirm their survival before that time.


  • Fulham won the earlier meeting this season 3-0 at Craven Cottage in October.

  • Fulham are unbeaten in the last seven meetings in all competitions, winning four. Charlton's last win was 2-1 at The Valley in the Premier League in December 2004.

  • Charlton are unbeaten in the last four meetings at The Valley, winning two. Fulham's last win there was 1-0 in the Premier League in May 2003.

  • Charlton Athletic

  • Charlton have won seven of their last 10 games, after winning none of their previous 14 in all competitions.

  • Charlton have won four of their last five home games, losing the other. Their only defeat at The Valley since 10 February was 3-1 against Blackburn on 14 March.

  • Charlton have won 40%, drawn 40% and lost 20% of their last 20 home games.

  • Charlton have scored 1 goal or less in 11 of their last 20 home games, going on to win 1, draw 7 and lose 3 of these matches.

  • Charlton have conceded in 75% of their last 20 home games.

  • Charlton have scored in 80% of their last 20 home games.

  • Fulham

  • Fulham have won only one of their last six games. Their only win since February was 2-0 at Huddersfield on 21 March.

  • That win at Huddersfield is Fulham's only win in their last nine away games in the Championship, drawing two and losing six.

  • Fulham have won 20%, drawn 20% and lost 60% of their last 20 away games.

  • Fulham have scored 1 goal or less in 14 of their last 20 away games, going on to win 1, draw 2 and lose 11 of these matches.

  • Fulham have conceded in 85% of their last 20 away games.

  • Fulham have scored in 65% of their last 20 away games.

  • In their last 20 away games, Fulham have scored the first goal 4 times and conceded the first goal 15 times.

  • Fulham have won 1, drawn 3 and lost 3 of the last 7 stagings of this fixture, being outscored by their opponents by 10 goals to 7.

Source Chris O'Keefe at SportsMole/BBCSports/KickOff
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