Addicks Hoping to Prove Playoff Aspirations

Charlton can break into the playoff positions with a third consecutive league win when they face Oxford United this weekend, Omar Eleulmi reports.

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Charlton Athletic will be aiming for three League One wins on the bounce when they play Oxford United at The Valley this Saturday.

The home side currently sit in 7th place in the table and will look to close the gap on their rivals.

A win for the Addicks will see them leapfrog both Rotherham United and Bradford City into 5th place, keeping themselves in contention for a playoff spot with two games in hand over multiple playoff rivals.

Charlton haven’t played since January 20th having had their previous two league fixtures postponed against Shrewsbury and Blackpool.

After appearing as a substitute in their last match at home against Walsall, ending 3-1 to Charlton, the Addicks’ inform attacker Tariqe Fosu-Henry will look to continue his impressive season, having missed his side’s previous five league matches through a groin injury picked up in the 2-2 draw against MK Dons at the Valley back in November.

The winger who has impressed in his first season with Charlton will most certainly be key to the Addicks chances of securing a playoff spot this season, having scored seven goals in 17 league appearances.

Maverick

In an interview with KentLive, Charlton boss Karl Robinson was full of praise for his player labelling him as “one of the finds of League One” this season, having completed the switch from Reading in the summer. He went on to state “He’s a maverick. I love mavericks. I’m addicted to them.”

Having been one of their most influential players this season, the attacking midfielder has recorded the best minute to goal ratio for his side, a staggering 187 minutes per goal out of the 1312 minutes played thus far.

Speaking once again to KentLive, Karl Robinson praised the clubs recruitment and all parties involved in the deal, “I’m very, very pleased with the recruitment team and people within, and the agent. The agent was very good to us. He wanted Tariqe to join Charlton Athletic and Tariqe wanted to be here. Long may his goals continue.”

The away side come into the fixture still hurting from an embarrassing Checkatrade Trophy elimination from Chelsea’s U23s side and they will be looking to put an end to their run of three consecutive defeats.

Head to Head

The last fixture between the two sides ended 1-1 in the Checkatrade trophy with Oxford United coming out victorious, dumping a heavily rotated Charlton out of the competition on penalties in early January.

Comparing the recent meetings between the sides, Charlton have little to boast about going head to head with Oxford, losing twice and drawing twice in their last four meetings, their last victory coming in 2014.

A game with plenty to look forward to for both sides as Charlton look to build further momentum in their promotion push whilst Oxford look to stop the rot.