As the season draws to a close, Charlton are coming to terms with life in the championship after relegation was confirmed last week. Which stars will remain to fight in the championship remains to be seen, but a summer clear out seems inevitable.
Alan Pardew has pledged to remain at the helm next season, but football is a funny old game and a lot can happen between now and the start of next season – will Manchester City come calling?
Liverpool on the other hand are fighting for third place in the premiership, and an increased share of the TV spoils. Arsenal are level points but Liverpool have a better goal difference, and with the champions league final looming, there will be a fight for places – this will be no end of season flop.
It has been announced that today will be the last game for Liverpool favourite Robbie Fowler, with Jerzy Dudek also bidding farewell to Anfield. Jose Reina is struggling with a shoulder injury, which may mean the introduction of reserve keep Dave Roberts into the fold.
Charlton bid farewell to the premiership with a near full strength squad, with Talal El Karkouri the only major injury, although on load keep Scott Carson will not be able to play against his employers Liverpool.
Liverpool have been scoring from all areas of the pitch of late, although many are hoping for a Robbie Fowler strike in front of his beloved Kop – how fitting an end to one of the games most natural goal scorers? Liverpool will be looking to finish in style, yet also ensure they have no more injury worries for next week’s champions league final.
Charlton, free from the relegation battle which has haunted them of late, may be a different team from the poor showing of late. Keen to give their fans a final cheer, Pardew will be looking to take a major scalp in readiness for next season attempt to get back into the premiership.
While Liverpool will be looking to secure third place, do not write off the astute Pardew – what odds a draw?
Forecast : Draw