This article is part of Football FanCast’s The Chalkboard series, which provides a tactical insight into teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Charlton make the trip across London this Saturday to take on Fulham at Craven Cottage, where they’ll be looking to bounce back from their 2-1 defeat to Swansea in midweek.
In stark contrast to the Addicks’ result, the Cottagers steamrolled Reading on their own turf with a 4-1 win, a match where Scott Parker’s side were 3-0 up at half-time.
Fulham – who were relegated from the Premier League last season – have a side littered with individual talent, and find themselves 5th in the table, just three points off 1st-place Swansea.
While there are a number of players in the Cottagers’ ranks who Charlton must keep an eye on, let’s take a look at two men who are arguably their biggest threats…
The 28-year-old impressed hugely in Fulham’s last season in the Championship, scoring six goals and recording five assists as he helped them earn promotion via the play-offs with the winning goal at Wembley.
After a disappointing Premier League stint – he scored just once – the Fulham No.10, valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, is back to his best in the second tier and Charlton simply have to keep an eye out for him this Saturday.
Cairney has scored five goals and recorded three assists in just 10 league appearances so far this term, taking 1.3 shots and completing 2.4 key passes per game on average.
Like Cairney, Mitrovic also thrived in Fulham’s promotion campaign with 12 goals in just 18 games, and he too has started the season in fine form.
The physically-dominant forward has scored seven goals in his 10 Championship starts so far this term, and looks likely to be a real handful for Bowyer’s men to contend with seeing as he takes an eye-catching 3.7 shots per game.
Charlton’s centre-backs will also have to bring their A-game in the air, as the 51-cap Serbian international wins 3.2 aerial duels per game on average.