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Charlton v Man City

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Saturday, 2 April
Kick-off: 1245 BST




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Charlton's Radostin Kishishev, who played for Bulgaria despite having missed the last two league games with a hamstring problem, is in contention.

Talal El Karkouri starts a three-match ban. Jonathan Fortune and Chris Perry will be hoping for a recall in his place to play alongside Mark Fish.

Manchester City are expected to name an unchanged side, with Nedum Onouha to retain his place ahead of Danny Mills.

Steve McManaman (calf) and Ben Thatcher (hamstring) are both still missing.



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Charlton (from): Kiely, Young, Hreidarsson, Perry, Fortune, Fish, Holland, Konchesky, Murphy, Rommedahl, Thomas, Bartlett, Kishishev, Andersen, Euell, Johansson, Jeffers, Hughes, Lisbie.

Man City (from): James, Weaver, Mills, Onouha, Dunne, Distin, Sommeil, Jordan, Croft, Reyna, Flood, Barton, Sibierski, Musampa, Fowler, Macken, B Wright-Phillips.



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Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce:
"Charlton will be smarting from that West Brom defeat, no doubt about that.
"Alan Curbishley will have them really up for this game. But we are aware of the situation and we will go down there and take them on."




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BIG-MATCH FACTS


CHARLTON ATHLETIC against Manchester City is the lunchtime kick-off and 300th Premiership match of the season. It's also the 50th League meeting of these clubs. The Addicks' goal difference is such that even victory, and defeat for sixth placed Bolton at Liverpool, would not be enough to lift them from seventh and into a Uefa Cup qualifying spot (unless there was a massive 11 goal swing).

If Alan Curbishley's side are to win a Uefa Cup spot for the first time in their history they'll need to avoid their traditional end-of-season slump. In five Premier League campaigns, Athletic have never won more than three of the last ten games, nor managed to pick up more than 12 of the 30 points on offer. This season's 10-match run-in has begun with a 2-0 home win over Tottenham and a 1-4 home defeat by relegation haunted West Brom. Home matches against Bolton and Manchester United and a visit to Chelsea are among fixtures yet to play.

The Addicks were thrashed 0-3 in last season's corresponding fixture. An early Nicolas Anelka penalty, a Premiership debut strike from Antoine Sibierski and a Sun Jihai effort completed an opening day rout.

MANCHESTER CITY acting manager Stuart Pearce selects a side for the second time in the hope of a first win. His initial match in charge resulted in a 2-1 defeat by Tottenham at White Hart Lane on the Saturday before last, when Robbie Keane came off the bench to deprive City of a point. Three points from this game would lift the Mancunians into the top half for at least two hours or so.

The Citizens also lost the previous match against Bolton, and are therefore are in danger of suffering three successive League defeats for the first time this season. Indeed the last time City were defeated in three Premiership games on the spin was in November 2003.

City are pursuing a fourth 'double' over Charlton following their emphatic 4-0 victory at the City of Manchester Stadium in August - their biggest League win of the season. Nicolas Anelka scored twice with Trevor Sinclair and Shaun Wright-Phillips also on target in a blistering display from the Citizens. City last 'doubled' Charlton 20 years ago when they were both in the old Second Division and the Mancunians recorded an 8-2 aggregate. City's last single season "home and away" victory in the top flight over Charlton was in 1952/53.


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Referee:

Rob Styles (Waterlooville)


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SEQUENCES/RECENT FORM

CHARLTON ATHLETIC


Club stats
Fixtures
7th 43 points
Highest realistically achievable after Saturday's games: 7th
Lowest could fall: 9th

Won one of the last five Premiership outings.
Lost one of the last five League games.
Failed to win a top flight game this season in which the opposition has scored first (two draws, 10 defeats on the 12 occasions it's happened).
Kept 11 clean sheets in the highest League this term. Only Chelsea (22) and Manchester United (17) have managed more.
Gained only two points from a losing position (both the Premiership matches against Newcastle, which were 1-1 draws).
Four players have figured in every one of Charlton's Premiership games this season - more than any other club.
One of two clubs not awarded a penalty in Premiership matches this season. The other is Middlesbrough.
Used fewer players in Premiership matches than any other club (20).

Won four of the last seven home Premiership games.
Recorded just two home draws in the top table. Everton are the only club with fewer (one).
MANCHESTER CITY


Club stats
Fixtures
12th 36 points
Highest achievable after Saturday's games: 10th
Lowest could fall: 13th

Chalked up one win in the last seven Premiership matches. That being 2-3 at Norwich on 28 February.
Lost three of the last four in the top flight.
Gone 54 League games since last lost three Premiership games in a row.

Won one of seven on the road in all competitions.
Won one of six Premiership games away from home.


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KEY PLAYER NOTES/POTENTIAL MILESTONES

CHARLTON ATHLETIC


Squad profiles

If he plays, Matt HOLLAND will be making his 500th club career appearance.
Dean KIELY and Luke YOUNG have played every minute of every one of Charlton's Premiership games.
Suspended: Talal EL KARKOURI
MANCHESTER CITY


Squad profiles

If he participates, Danny MILLS will be facing a former club.
If he plays, Jonathan MACKEN will be making his 50th League appearance for City.
If selected in the 11, Richard DUNNE will be making his 200th career League start.


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LAST SEASON'S CORRESPONDING GAME:
Charlton Athletic 0-3 Manchester City
17 August 2003 - Ref: Mike Dean
Man City scorers: Anelka 13 pen, Sibierski 23, Jihai 83
Sent Off: Fish (Charlton) 71



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THIS SEASON'S REVERSE FIXTURE:
Manchester City 4-0 Charlton Athletic
28 August 2005 - Ref: Mark Halsey
Man City scorers: Anelka 13, Sinclair 34, Anelka 60, Wright-Phillips 78




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HEAD TO HEAD TOTALS
League: Charlton 19 wins, Man City 18, Draws 12
Prem: Charlton 3 wins, Man C 2, Draws 2

HEAD TO HEAD at Charlton
League: Charlton 11 wins, Man C 6, Draws 7
Prem: Charlton 1 wins, Man C 1, Draws 1
 

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Its one we should win. A 4-1 defeat at the hands of West Brom shows up their form. They did beat Tottenham but have been very poor. Im surprised they are 7th! I predict 2-1 City
 

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Its one we should win. A 4-1 defeat at the hands of West Brom shows up their form. They did beat Tottenham but have been very poor. Im surprised they are 7th! I predict 2-1 City

had the same thought and money lay down for that result, but regadless City played good game i liked good passing and dynamic 1-2 attack. Stuart should be given a full-time charge of this team :thmbup:
 

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i felt we got robbed off 3 pionts we had most of the chances we had some easy chances by macken but he miss them hes look like a first divison player he had only got one pace and its to slow for the premership.i thought musampa had a gud game and that onuha had a top game.
 

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Why did we ever get rid of Wanchope? Macken had at least 5 great chances to score! Were missing Anelka more than ever now. Macken and Fowler just arent up to the job. I hope a striker is on Pearce's shopping list!
 

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The consolation we can take from Macken's performance is that at least he was creating chances with his one-twos. If he can get a goal, it may give him the confidence for chances like them.
 
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