Even though we aren’t focused on the English Championship that much, the game between Charlton and Milwall simply had to be on our list. Why? Well, it is pretty simple, apart from being the only sounding game this Friday, we expect to see one incredible battle at the Valley stadium. In the opener of the 41st round, both sides have to win it; Charlton because he seeks a way out of the relegation zone, and on the other hand, Milwall wants to jump up and try to reach the playoff zone.
Charlton (+250) is looking solid since the resumption of football activities, as they posted two wins and a draw ever since. But that is not all. In all three events, Lee Bowyer’s lads prevented the rivals from scoring, and that is a massive improvement when comparing their back line performances before the pause.
In the latest contest, they played without goals against Cardiff on the road, and having in mind that the Welsh team needs every point in their EPL race, this result proves that the Addicks’ form is going up.
Right now, they are four points away from the relegation zone, and Hull (whom they defeated recently), which is why they need to keep on winning.
Milwall (+120) lost one and recorded two draws following the comeback. The Lions dropped several valuable points in their playoff chase, which is why they now sit 11th, five points away from Cardiff, who is in the last place, leading to the postseason.
At first, Milwall lost at home against Derby, 2-3, then played without goals on the road against Barnsley, before another draw, vs. Swansea at home, 1-1.
They are looking shaky and struggling in certain situations, especially when it comes to consistency in their game.
Paige won’t be available for the hosts, due to his muscle injury.
O’Brien is absent among the Lions, also because of an injury.
Head to Head Matches
Charlton has a much worse record when looking at the overall history of the two clubs. The Addicks recorded 12 wins, while on the other side, the Lions posted 36. Exactly 27 contests finished with a draw.
Milwall was better in the first part of the season, beating Charlton 2-1. It was a last-moment win, with Matt Smith netting in the first minute of the stoppage time. Previously, Hutchinson brought the lead to the hosts after six minutes, and Leko equalized in the 51st.
That game was a solid one, with Charlton having the ball in its possession, but without the efficiency as their rivals.
We are a bit surprised by the fact that Milwall stands as this big favorite among the bookies. Yes, they are better placed than the Addicks, but Charlton posts better results since the Championship’s restart. We will be bold here and go with hosts’ win, with the moneyline at +250.
However, if you want a safer pick, low efficiency is the most realistic outcome of this event. The moneyline here is -195, significantly lower, but also, with far less risk.
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