Considering the fact that Wolves were playing League One football last term, and Charlton were in a relegation struggle, this campaign can be classed as nothing but successful for both outfits. Wolves approach the game just a point behind the top six, while Charlton reside in a comfortable mid-table placing with few fears of another relegation showdown.
In fact, with so few sides featuring this weekend due to FA Cup commitments, Wolves have the chance to enter the playoff picture with a victory. Judging by recent form, there’s every chance that this will happen as well. The club have now put together an unbeaten run of eight matches and having won four of their last five in the league, it would be fair to say that they are one of the form sides of the division. Additionally, their record at Molineux seems to be back on track and after recording successive home defeats a couple of months ago, Kenny Jackett’s side are now unbeaten in four – having won two of those games.
The same certainly cannot be said of Charlton though, who are in the midst of some truly atrocious form. The club turned to Guy Luzon to try and stop the rot that was initiated by his predecessor Bob Peeters, but a 5-0 thrashing to Watford won’t have done supporters confidence any good whatsoever. It now means that the club have lost their last four games, while their last win came all the way back at the start of November. The Addicks have been transformed from a team who was in the top six, to one who has dropped like a stone to the mid-table places. While eight points separate them from the drop zone at the moment, there’s no doubt that fans will feel much more at ease if the club can mastermind a rare victory.
Wolves dipped into the transfer market this week by recruiting Benik Afobe from Arsenal, and he is tipped to make his full debut after impressing from the bench in their last game. There could be a place for Scott Golbourne as well following a foot problem, but Tommy Rowe won’t feature due to a similar foot injury. Charlton have also dipped into the market this week, signing Milos Veljkovic from Tottenham on loan. He could play in some capacity, but there won’t be a place for Stephen Henderson due to a shoulder problem.
As for a prediction, we have to rely on the formbook this weekend. Wolves are picking up victories for fun, while Charlton just don’t know where their next point is going to come from. Bearing this in mind, our tip for Saturday’s clash is going to be a 2-0 victory for Kenny Jackett’s side.