Friday, November 24, 2006

Everton Weeks

After one of the more traumatic weeks in Charlton's recent history, the team has an opportunity to snap us all out of our stupor with the type of fixture we really must begin winning to have any chance of staying up.

Everton are having another impressive season after the disappointment of their last campaign, but have picked up 14 of their 20 points at Goodison Park. In common with most teams outside the big four, you don't look at the teamsheet and fear the worst but this season at least, their sum is clearly bigger than their parts.

Having said that Andy Johnson and James Beattie are the type of 'little and large' pairing that defenders probably hate, and with Diawara probably injured, it's time for El Karkouri and especially Fortune to defend like lions again. The return of Faye in midfield is welcomed but hopefully Les Reed will have realised quickly that Andy Reid is not mobile enough to partner him, able to operate best either in the 'hole' or wide left. If he opts for the former, Marcus Bent will no doubt drop to the bench.

Derek 'killer' Hales (KillerWatch© -£182) has apparently got the bookies 'running for cover' (running to put down a deposit on a new house more like - Ed.) with a 1-0 prediction. As much as I'd love to share his optimism, I have this overarching fear that I'll be crying into my early morning Guinness after another unacceptable performance. NY Addick predicts: Charlton 0, Everton 1 (Arteta)


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