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Preview: Charlton Athletic vs. West Bromwich Albion - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews the Championship clash between Charlton Athletic and West Bromwich Albion, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Struggling Charlton Athletic may be looking nervously towards the relegation zone as they face a tough visit from title-chasing West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Lee Bowyer's side are 19th in the Championship table, five points clear of the drop, but they host a Baggies side that trail league leaders Leeds United on goal-difference alone.

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West Bromwich Albion's Matheus Pereira celebrates scoring their second goal on November 27, 2019© Reuters

Charlton started the season with a bang after being promoted, going unbeaten in their first six Championship games, winning four and drawing two.

However, they have claimed just three league wins since then and just one in their last 15 games across all competitions.

Bowyer's side find themselves on a run of three successive defeats, scoring just once in that period of time.

Their last game was an FA Cup tie at home to Saturday's opponents West Brom, ending in a 1-0 defeat for the hosts.

The reverse league fixture actually finished 2-2 as Charlton fought back late on to snatch a point against the 10-man Baggies, a result Slaven Bilic will be keen to avoid this time around.

West Brom's recent league form has not been up to their usual standards, however, failing to record a win in their last four, with three 1-1 draws and a defeat.

Despite this, they are second behind Leeds on just goal-difference and remain the highest-scoring outfit in the division.

Given the fact that Leeds face strong opposition in Sheffield Wednesday next, a win on Saturday could see the Baggies reclaim their spot at the top of the pile.

Charlton Championship form: LDDWLL
Charlton form (all competitions): DDWLLL

West Brom Championship form: DWDDLD
West Brom form (all competitions): WDDLDW

Team News

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer on November 30, 2019© Reuters

Charlton head coach Bowyer has a lengthy injury list to contend with ahead of the clash with the Baggies.

Lyle Taylor, Chuks Aneke, Macauley Bonne and Jonathan Leko are just the forwards missing through injury; in addition, Beram Kayal, Josh Cullen, George Lapslie, Ben Amos, Jake Forster-Caskey, Sam Field and Lewis Page are all sidelined.

West Brom boss Bilic, on the other hand, has just two players in doubt, with Kieran Gibbs and Grady Diangana both unlikely to feature against Charlton.

Charlton possible starting lineup:
Phillips; Matthews, Lockyer, Pearce, Purrington; Dempsey, Pratley; Doughty, Gallagher, Morgan; Davison

West Brom possible starting lineup:
Johnstone; Furlong, Ajayi, Bartley, Townsend; Livermore, Sawyers; Phillips, Pereira, Krovinovic; Robson-Kanu

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We say: Charlton 0-2 West Brom

Charlton are a struggling side and their plethora of injuries is making life difficult for Bowyer. Even though West Brom are not flying at the moment, they should still have too much for their hosts.

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Charlton boss Lee Bowyer on November 30, 2019
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