After seeing their two league fixtures either side of Christmas against AFC Wimbledon and Gillingham postponed due to coronavirus, Charlton Athletic are now preparing for their first game of 2022, with the hope of extending their impressive unbeaten run at The Valley.
The Addicks have won six and drawn one of their last seven home matches across all competitions, winning each of their last three league games on their own turf by a 2-0 scoreline.
The appointment of Johnnie Jackson has helped Charlton’s fortunes turn around drastically, though there is still a lot of work to be done if they are to finish the campaign in the playoffs.
Charlton currently sit 12th in the League One table, 13 points behind Saturday’s opponents Wycombe Wanderers in sixth.
The Addicks will be confident of kick-starting the New Year with a victory, having already claimed points against six of the teams currently above them in the table.
Wycombe Wanderers were unable to extend their unbeaten run to six matches as they suffered a 1-0 defeat away against Ipswich on Wednesday night.
James Norwood’s 44th-minute strike was enough to condemn the Chairboys to their fifth league defeat of the season, in a game which manager Gareth Ainsworth was forced to miss after testing positive for COVID-19.
The second longest-serving manager in the football league may have to watch on from home again on New Year’s Day, with Richard Dobson and Matt Bloomfield, who led the team at Portman Road, expected to be in the dugout once again for the clash with Charlton.
Wycombe have lost each of their last three visits to The Valley, conceding eight goals in the process, but they were able to beat Charlton 2-1 on home soil in September.
Victory on Saturday could see the Chairboys climb up to fourth in the table and just two points off the summit if other results were to go their way