Eighth place Charlton host the side directly below them this Saturday lunchtime for a televised thriller live from The Valley.
Both the Londoners, and their visitors Ipswich, are harbouring not entirely unreasonable hopes of making the playoffs before the end of the season.
An out of form Ipswich Town team have only won once in their past six matches, drawing three and losing the other two.
Charlton Athletic, on the other hand, are undefeated in their previous three home league matches and are currently second in the league’s form table and will fancy their chances of leapfrogging Oxford, who they share a points tally with but also hold two games in hand over.
Addicks’ boss Neil Adkins will be looking to his top scorer Chuks Aneke to help lead the frontline as they look to put some daylight between themselves and their guests as we move into the final stage of the season.
Aneke wasn’t on the scoresheet last week when Charlton Athletic recorded a 1-2 League One victory over Sunderland.
In general, the Addicks haven’t struggled find the net and have registered at least one goal in each of the last six games.
In fact, over those six games they have plundered 11 goals while shipping only seven.
As for Ipswich, they were shot down in their last game against AFC Wimbledon, and desperately need to put the brakes on a slump that threatens to render their season meaningless.
The play offs remain a distinct possibility but only if they turn their floundering form around here.
Of course, they can only do that if they manage to find their scoring boots again. ‘
A pitiful return of three is all the Tractor Boys have to show for their last six efforts.
Ipswich Town vs Charlton Athletic Predictions
A score line somewhere along the lines of 2-1, or more likely 2-0, for the home side looks on the cards.
Ipswich maintain the capacity to grab a goal on the road, while a goal for Charlton remains a near certainty.
The Addicks, after all, haven’t registered a blank in the last six and are playing like a side that has realised they have every chance of playing in the EFL Championship next season and have hit form at exactly the right time.
While Nigel Adkins’ men sit in second place of the form table, Paul Cook’s Town are 20th.
The Tractor Boys have it all to play for though.
Despite their horrible form, Ipswich are only one place below their hosts and have every bit as much of a chance of pipping them to – or joining them in – the play off places.
A win here on the road and they will jump over Charlton, who despite having many games in hand over the teams around them, do still have to face high flying Hull, Peterborough and Lincoln, albeit at the Valley.
Charlton Athletic vs Ipswich Town Head To Head
It was the Londoners who triumphed the last time these two met, when they won 2-0 at Portman Road back in November thanks to the goals of Albie Morgan and Omar Bogle.
The referee that day was Craig Hicks who will again be officiating this week.
In all, these two teams have on 53 previous occasions during which Charlton have amassed 19 wins, with Ipswich coming out on top 23 times.
The pair have shared the points on the remaining 11 occasions.
October 2008 was the last time Charlton beat Ipswich at the Valley.
Charlton Athletic have not lost a league match against Ipswich Town in their previous two encounters.
Ipswich Town haven’t lost to Charlton Athletic on the last four away matches in the league.
Charlton Athletic Team News – DWDWW
Nigel Adkins has no new injury worries going into this match meaning Darren Pratley, who is currently serving a suspension, is his only absentee.
Other than that, the Addicks boss has a fully fit squad to select from.
Ipswich Town Team News – DWDDL
Ipswich manager Paul Cook has a number of injury concerns as he plans for his Saturday lunchtime visit to the Valley.
A knee injury to Flynn Downes remains a worry as does Stephen Ward’s Achilles tendon problems.
Both of these can be added to Gwion Edwards’ thigh problems which will keep him out again, while Josh Harrop is still serving his suspension.
Charlton Athletic vs Ipswich Town Betting Tips
Despite only one place and two points separating the two sides, this 12:30 kick off has all the markers of a home win.
The home side are by far the better team in terms of current form and boast home advantage, for what it’s worth in this crowdless season.
There is always the possibility that both teams will score of course but there is nothing in Town’s recent performances to suggest that such a bet is anything other than a mere punt.
To that end I think Charlton will win to nil.