Even though the end of the season is nearly upon us, this is one game which really matters. Charlton are fighting for their lives and only two wins from their remaining two games will give them a chance, while Tottenham have Europe in their own hands – three wins and they have done it!
How ironic that Alan Curbishley left the Addicks to go to West Ham and Alan Pardew went the other way – with Pardew now under intense pressure. On the team front Charlton will be without the suspended Ben Thatcher and Hermann Hreidarsson, is a concern with an ankle injury. More importantly, Charlton have a full posse of strikers available, and the big boys need to deliver the goals – Marcus Bent, Darren Bent, Hasslebank and Rommedahl have been very disappointing this season.
Tottenham on the other hand may be without their good luck talisman Robbie Keane, who has an ankle injury, while Mido, Stalteri, Young-Pyo are all out through injury. However, Martin Jol does welcome back Taino, Assou-Ekotto and Gardner after spells on the sidelines through injury.
Charlton are on a run of five games without a win, and it is a big call to win their last two, just to stand a chance of premiership survival. They do however have a good home record this season, although Tottenham have been something of a bogey team over recent years.
Martin Jol takes his team across London in the knowledge they have won seven and lost only one of their last nine games. A win tonight would push Tottenham back into sixth place with a game in hand on their rivals – surly enough to ensure they take one of the prized European places? Form says Tottenham, but who knows how the season will finish.
You have to feel for Alan Pardew who went through a torturous few months at West Ham before his departure, only to jump back into another relegation battle with Charlton. It seems the Charlton dream is nearing an end, but will Pardew hang onto his job for next season?
Forecast : Away Win