This is actually the second time these sides have already met in the term, having also competed in a Championship and League Cup outing. Huddersfield have got the better in both encounters and with the Terriers also boasting a better league position, they will approach this fourth round tie as favourites again.
However, it’s by no means a foregone conclusion that the West Yorkshire outfit will progress to the next round. Their form over recent weeks has been mixed to say the least and while they have recorded two victories over Millwall and Grimsby, they’ve also lost against QPR and Burnley. Both of those defeats have occurred on the road though and having won their last two at the John Smiths Stadium, Mark Robins’ side will hold plenty of confidence for the clash. Additionally, Robins will be excited to see how his new recruits will settle in, with the likes of Sondre Tronstad, Harry Bunn, Nahki Wells and Joe Lolley all arriving during the January transfer window.
Charlton meanwhile might be looking to concentrate more of their efforts on the league. Despite finishing last season so strongly, the Addicks look like relegation fodder this time around and it’s only goal difference that keeps them out of the bottom three. To make matters worse for Chris Powell’s side, their league form over recent weeks has hardly been impressive. They’ve won just one of their last nine Championship games and with such form occurring in the middle of a takeover, one has to question if Powell is concerned about his job security. The only shining light has been the FA Cup but after only matching to dispatch of League Two side Oxford via a replay, there really is little to smile about at the Valley.
Even though Huddersfield have been busy in the transfer market this month, two of their new recruits won’t be eligible for a place this weekend. Nahki Wells and Joe Lolley have represented other clubs in the competition and subsequently are not permitted to feature. Martin Paterson and Joel Lynch are other players who are unlikely to play as injury hinders them, although there is better news in relation to James Vaughan who could make a start following his treatment table woes. Charlton in contrast can name their new players, with Yohann Thuram-Ulien and Astrit Ajdarevic both arriving from abroad and therefore being eligible. Chris Powell won’t be able to call upon Rhoys Wiggins due to suspension though, but there might be places for Chris Solly and Richard Wood who missed the Oxford game.
Huddersfield might not be in a rich vein of form, but it’s still considerably better than the streak that their opponents find themselves in. Charlton have struggled immensely over the last few weeks and with the Terriers also holding the home advantage, we have the feeling that Mark Robins’ side will progress comfortably through a 2-0 scoreline.