Charlton vs Sunderland
English League One
Date: Saturday, 5 January 2019
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: The Valley (London).
A real buzz is expected in and around The Valley on Saturday afternoon when promotional rivals Charlton and Sunderland are set to lock horns in the most interesting of 27th round ties.
The hosts moved to 5th place in the League One ladder after beating 15th-placed Walsall 2-1 at home on Tuesday afternoon. They are now four points shy of Sunderland in third, but the visitors are in a much better position with two games in hand on the Addicks.
Lee Bowyer’s troops ended a two-loss streak with the mentioned victory over Walsall. It came thanks to two quick goals within the opening nine minutes from Karlan Ahearne-Grant and Lyle Taylor. This duo has combined 23 goals so far in the season for Charlton and their fine form will serve as a major confidence-booster coming into this tie with the Black Cats.
Charlton vs Sunderland: Head-to-head
It’s been 13 years since these two likes met each other before this term’s clash at Stadium of Light.
Sunderland picked up a 2-1 victory back in early-August last year.
Overall, Charlton were much more successful in H2H games at The Valley where they won 15, drew 6 and lost only 2 of 23 encounters with the Black Cats.
Charlton vs Sunderland: Prediction
Sunderland dispatched Blackpool 0-1 on the road thanks to a goal from Josh Maja on Tuesday evening. They won two and drew one of past three league games conceding just one goal in the process. However, their fine form will be on a serious test here at The Valley where the Addicks have been enjoying a splendid run this season.
Charlton won 9, drew 2 and lost 2 of 13 home ties in the league so far. They conceded only ten goals along, meaning we could be in for a low-scoring affair knowing about Sunderland’s recent results. The draw is the most likable of three outcomes and it can be backed at the 3.20 odds.
Charlton vs Sunderland: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.75 (3/4)
Draw @ 3.20 (11/5).