Saturday’s visitors Charlton Athletic are essentially the epitome of mid-table this season. They are 13th in Sky Bet League One, with it seemingly unlikely that they will challenge for the play-offs or get dragged into a relegation fight. The Addicks have 41 points from their 33 games so far.
Before Tuesday night, when they drew 0-0 at Peterborough United, Charlton had won five and lost five of their previous ten league fixtures. Wins against Portsmouth, Lincoln City, Barnsley, Exeter City and Forest Green Rovers have been intermingled with defeats against Oxford United, Bolton Wanderers, Fleetwood Town, Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday.
The last two named came immediately before the trip to Peterborough, and means that Charlton have failed to score in three consecutive games. The Addicks’ top goalscorer this season is
Jesurun Rak-Sakyi, on loan from Crystal Palace, who has nine goals to his name. Despite only making eight starts among his 23 appearances, Miles Leaburn in next in the goals chart, with six.
Both Leaburn and Rak-Sakyi scored in Charlton’s 5-1 win over Argyle earlier this season. In just the third game of Argyle’s league season, Rak-Sakyi scored the opener before James Wilson’s
handball meant he was sent off and Jayden Stockley, now a Fleetwood player, scored from the spot. Leaburn scored the fifth, following efforts from Sean Clare and Charlie Kirk. Morgan Whittaker scored Argyle’s only goal.
In November, the sides met again, in the Papa Johns Trophy second round, admittedly with vastly different line-ups. This time, Argyle won 3-2, with goals from Sam Cosgrove, Niall Ennis and Caleb Roberts.
The last time the sides met at Home Park, in the league, was last season, with Kieran Agard scoring as Argyle won 1-0 in December.
Charlton are managed by Dean Holden, who took over after Ben Garner was sacked in December. After a playing career that saw Holden represent Bolton, Peterborough and Shrewsbury Town, among others, he began a coaching career at
another former side, Oldham Athletic. He had a short stint as boss between spells as assistant manager, then left for a similar role at Bristol City. He was given the Aston Gate hot-seat when Lee Johnson was sacked, and was in charge for seven months.
After a brief time as assistant at Stoke City, in which he took charge of one game as caretaker manager, Holden got the job at The Valley.