League One Preview – Charlton look to cement themselves as table-toppers

Saturday sees league games back at the top of priorities after a variety of midweek cup escapades across the country. In League One, all eyes are on the top of the table, where Charlton and Sheffield United are already displaying superiority, leading the chasing pack with twenty points a piece, and equal goal difference of plus ten goals.

The foremost eye catching tie of the day will be at The Valley, where Chesterfield are the latest side to attempt to take on the league leaders on their home patch. With the capital’s whispering winds drifting in from the Thames, Chris Powell’s side will be intending to committed and impressive performance once again in the image of their young manager at his finest. Containing an array of attacking talent including Scott Wagstaff, Bradley Wright-Phillips, Paul Hayes and Danny Hollands, the newly revolutionised Addicks’ dressing room has the potential to provide a great deal of excitement for the home fans.

Powell, who ordered nearly twenty squad members in and out of the Valley this season, has recently added former Charlton favourite Jason Euell, and Leicester striker Yann Kermorgant to their impressive ranks. Although vying for position with various other strikers, the two new boys will be hoping to be given a chance to make their mark in the showdown with Chesterfield.

Leaving the twisted spire behind, Chesterfield will face without doubt their toughest test of the season at Charlton this weekend, hoping to build on their 4-1 victory over Carlisle with a solid away performance at the Valley. With former Nottingham Forest man, Gregor Robertson, and midfield stalwart Derek Niven back from injury and available for selection, Chesterfield will be counting on a fuller squad and Leon Clarke’s form up front to give them the edge on this particular travel.

Down on the south coast, Bournemouth play host to a Hartlepool team who are firmly chasing a play off place and hoping to keep up pace with the league leaders. Alongside Hartlepool, Karl Robinson’s MK Dons side are gunning for a promotion season and travel away to Bury side languishing in the lower reaches of the table.

In two thoroughly mid-table affairs, Stevenage travel north to Carlisle, and Colchester are at home to Walsall, whilst Oldham host Brentford with both sides looking to join the throng chasing play-off places.

Lee Clark’s attractive Huddersfield side continue their bounce back from a promotion near miss last season with Leyton Orient the visitors and Martin ‘mad dog’ Allen’s Notts County will entertain struggling Rochdale.

Phil Brown’s Preston side will look to continue their decent start to the season and build on a win against leaders Charlton, as mid table Tranmere come to town, with exciting young talent Keammar Daley waiting in the wings and star striker Neil Mellor having found a return to the sort of form that made him an impressive prospect as a young player at Liverpool.

In a lower reaches of the table clash, Scunthorpe host Yeovil, with the former seriously worrying about successive relegations. The other struggling teams in the relegation zone, Exeter and Wycombe face the big Sheffield clubs, with Exeter away at Wednesday, and Wycombe welcoming United.

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