Preston is currently on a 3 game winning streak, whilst Charlton, however, haven’t won in 3 games and have only won one game since late November. The Addicks captain Johnnie Jackson said earlier in the week that surviving relegation would be “like winning a trophy” and that aspiration is slowly becoming more and more difficult to fulfil as they now lie six points from safety and with the worst goal difference in the league.
Preston meanwhile have their eyes firmly set on that final promotion spot after beating Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 at the weekend – the team that currently vacates that final promotion place, and having already recorded a comfortable 3-0 win at The Valley this season, Simon Grayson’s men will be confident of another win in their attempts to secure that final promotion spot come May.
Preston also has a superior head to head record over Charlton, having won 33 games from 71, whilst Charlton have won 24 games and there have henceforth been only 14 draws between the two teams.
Joe Garner is Preston’s only concern at the moment, as he is one yellow card away from a 2 game suspension, whilst the squad isn’t suffering from any costly injuries. Charlton has however bogged down interns of injuries, with midfield duo Jordan Cousins and club captain Johnnie Jackson only recently joining an extensive list of injured players that includes the likes of prolific forward Igor Vetokele and tough-tackling midfielder Ahmed Kashi.