City travel to the Valley for their first competitive fixture since 2009
Cardiff are victims of the relentless Championship schedule this week, with a second away trip in just four days. After the unsuccessful visit to Bolton, the Bluebirds’ next opponents are Charlton Athletic at the Valley on Tuesday night.
Charlton will also be looking to recover from a weekend loss having fallen 4-1 at the hands of Middlesbrough, extending their winless streak to four games. The Addicks took the lead through a Rob Hulse goal after twelve minutes, though Jonathan Woodgate equalised for Boro before half time. The visitors added another three minutes into the second half to make it a comprehensive defeat for Chris Powell’s side.
Charlton find themselves near the foot of table in twenty-first spot - only four points away from rock bottom side, Ipswich Town. The Addicks have only won the one game at home this season and have lost four out of the seven games they have played at the Valley so far. The omens look good for Cardiff City, but as everyone knows, there are no easy games in the Championship. Maybe surprisingly, the one win they did pick up at home was against promotion candidates Leicester City - evidence in itself that Cardiff cannot be complacent come Tuesday night.
. He missed a penalty in the 2010 play-off semi final for Leicester after trying that infamous cheeky chip down the centre of the goal that David Marshall gathered with ease. Now at Athletic, Yann won’t feature in Tuesday’s fixture due to a broken ankle, but Charlton do possess a number of players to look out for.Yann Kermogant Charlton now have the services of a player that many Cardiff fans will remember well - Key Players:
has not featured in the last two games for Charlton, but if he returns he could cause problems for City. He has got recent top-flight pedigree with Stoke and this could prove valuable to the Addicks’ season.Ricardo Fuller has not hit the heights that his brother Shaun has, but nonetheless has had a very impressive scoring record himself. He did score two goals in total for Manchester City in the Premier League, but it was at Plymouth and Charlton he impressed. 13 goals in 17 games at Plymouth led to a move to Charlton in 2010 and last season Wright-Phillips notched up 22 league goals. He may not be setting the Championship alight yet, but he is definitely a dangerous player. Striker Bradley Wright-Phillips
. The Arsenal youth product got Supporters’ and Young Player of the year last season and has cemented his place as one of the first names on the team sheet. He has featured in every league game so far.Chris Solly brings international experience to the Charlton back line. Despite being born in Bermondsey he has had six Caps for Guyana and has an impressive disciplinary record; he didn't receive a caution or red card in six years and 150 games! Ironically, the run ended when he got booked twice and subsequently got sent off in a game against Reading in 2010. Supporting him in defence will be Leon CortDefender
Charlton have got the better head-to-head record against the Bluebirds, having won 31 competitive games compared to Cardiff’s 21. 15 games have ended in draws out of the 67 ties. In recent years the results have been a lot more even. The last five games have resulted in two wins a piece and one draw, the most recent game finishing 2-2 back in the 2008/2009 season. :
scoring the only goal on debut in a 1-0 win.Rudy GestedeAs a trivia fact, the last time the two clubs did battle was in fact Malky Mackay's first ever game in charge of Cardiff City. A pre-season fixture, it took place in Seville during City's week long training camp in the summer of 2011,
Last Meeting: Charlton Athletic 2-2 Cardiff City (21/04/2009)
Mark Hudson was in the opposition line-up to witness Cardiff produce a brilliant late fight back in the last competitive meeting at the Valley. Charlton had gone two goals up with only ten minutes left of the game when Nick Bailey added to an earlier Jonjo Shelvey finish. On eighty minutes the come back started through Chris Burke, and it was completed only seven minutes later through Gabor Gyepes’ equalising goal.
Randolph, Tuna.Subs not used: Elliot, Butterfield, Hudson, Youga, Ward, Sam (Spring), Zhi, Shelvey (Holland), Racon, Bailey, Burton (Kandol). Charlton Athletic Line-up:
Matthews, Scimeca.Subs not used: Heaton, Comminges, R Johnson (Purse), Gyepes, Ledley, Parry (E Johnson), Kennedy, Rae, McCormack, Chopra (Burke), Bothroyd. Cardiff City Line-up: