Sports Betting Weekly

Charlton v Rotherham

When: Saturday, 31 January 2015 @ 21:00 (FINISHED)
Where: The Valley
While our previous two previews of the weekend’s Championship action have been focused firmly on goings-on at the top of the table, our third game this issue concerns two teams who are right down in the thick of it as Charlton welcome fellow strugglers Rotherham to the Valley.

The game represents a home debut for new Addicks boss, Guy Luzon, who managed to slightly steady the ship following Charlton’s nadir of the season – a 5-0 thrashing away to Watford – by at least restoring some semblance of solidity as the South London club battled to a 0-0 draw at Wolves.

In that game, the former Standard Liege boss opted to deploy a defensive 4-4-1-1 formation with Yoni Buyens being partnered by fellow loan signing Milos Vejikovic in midfield as Callum Harriot tucked in behind lone forward Igor Vetokele, and while his tactics didn’t exactly produce a scintillating display of attacking football, Charlton did at least look a much harder team to break down.

Of course, being at home in this one, Luzon will have to select a side with a bit more devil in it if they’re to justify their tag as 31/20 favourites, but given the Addicks have not scored a goal in over six hours of league football, it looks highly likely the game will be another low-scoring affair. As such, the 7/10 on the game featuring under 2.5 goals looks a banker, and you can also get 2/1 on there being under 1.5.

While the match is likely to be decided by a solitary strike, there are a few candidates for the first Addicks’ goalscorer who are worthy of our attention. Igor Vetokele is the overall favourite at 5/1, but the Angolan striker is in wretched form at the moment and is probably best avoided at that price. Perhaps better is the 12/1 on Buyens who, though nominally a defensive midfielder, has more license to roam forward due to the presence of Vejikovic and is also on penalty kick duties too.

Beyond that, both Johann Gudmundsson – who scored Charlton’s last league goal – at 17/2 and the highly-rated Tony Watt at 6/1 are also worth a look, but it is important not to get too carried away when backing a side who haven’t won in 10 league games to get in among the goals. Indeed, no team is the Championship is on a worse run of form than the Addicks at the moment and unless Luzon can restore some much-need confidence, odds of 19/10 on a Rotherham win look tempting.

Prior to their back-to-back defeats to Bournemouth and Brentford, the Millers had actually strung together a fairly decent six-game unbeaten run that included a win and two draws away from home, and while it may be too much to ask for them to beat a Charlton side who will undoubtedly be keen to impress their new manager, another 1-1 draw doesn’t look out of the question at prices of 5/1 given their strong showing against Bolton in midweek.