Charlton Athletic will be looking to return to winning ways on Tuesday as Nigel Adkins leads his team into the final four games of the regular season – next up are 15th-placed Crewe Alexandra.
The south London side slipped to a 1-0 defeat against second-placed Peterborough United at the weekend, but the Addicks now face an easier test on paper, with Crewe languishing in the bottom half of the League One table.
A win this evening is essential in ensuring that Charlton keep pace in the race for a top-six finish, even though they still hold games in hand over their nearest challengers, but will Adkins be tempted into any changes?
Here’s our predicted XI, along with the latest team and injury news from The Valley…
With Adkins having a number of players returning from the sidelines, as well as one new injury to deal with, the 56-year-old has some big decisions to make ahead of Tuesday evening’s game. As a result, we’re expecting there to be two changes to the line-up from the game against Peterborough three days ago.
The Addicks manager confirmed that Diallang Jaiyesimi will miss the clash due to a hamstring pull he suffered on Saturday, but Ryan Inniss – who was holding his left knee before being replaced against Posh – and Ian Maatsen – who has missed the last three games due to a hip injury – are both available for selection.
As such, Maatsen looks set to be a straight swap for Jaiyesimi on the right-hand side of the Charlton attack, while Inniss retains his place in the heart of defence after recovering from his knock against Peterborough.
The only other change sees 28-year-old Conor Washington come in for Jayden Stockley in attack, as the latter put in a disappointing performance on Saturday, missing a penalty and receiving a SofaScore match rating of just 6.4 for his efforts, ranking him as Charlton’s worst player on the day.
Elsewhere, Adkins’ midfield and defence from the Peterborough game should remain untouched, meaning that Adam Matthews keeps his place at right-back ahead of Chris Gunter.