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Plymouth Argyle host Charlton Athletic in their first home game since returning to League One, with the Pilgrims looking to secure their first win of the season. Argyle have lost their their first two games of the 2017/18 campaign, losing at Peterborough 2-1 in League One and 5-0 at Bristol City in the Carabao Cup.
Charlton by contrast come into the game in good form winning their last two games. Narrowly edging out Bristol Rovers 1-0 in League One and overcoming Exeter City 2-1 in the Carabao Cup. Even more encouragement for Addicks’ fans is that they had a man sent off in both games and still managed to secure the two wins.
Argyle are without striker Ryan Taylor who is out for three months after breaking his ankle in the season opener at Peterborough, with either Jake Jervis or Nathan Blissett likely to fill the void. The Pilgrims are hopeful that full-back Oscar Threlkeld will be fit after suffering a dead-leg in Tuesday’s defeat to Bristol City. Saturday’s game comes too soon for midfielder Jamie Ness though, who was injured in pre-season just after signing for Argyle from Scunthorpe.
Charlton have injury concerns of their own with striker Josh Magennis out due to a knee injury, as well as Lewis Page, Mark Marshall and Harry Lennon who are all long-term absentees. Striker Lee Novak is suspended for the clash at Home Park after his straight red card for a two-footed challenge in the win over Bristol Rovers last weekend.
Head to Head
Argyle have only beaten Charlton once in their previous six meetings, coming in October 2007 when both sides were in the Championship. Goals from Sylvain Ebanks-Blake and Barry Hayles secured a 2-1 win at The Valley. In the reverse match of that season The Addicks exacted revenge with a 2-1 win of their own at Home Park with a late Leroy Lita brace.
In the following 2008/09 season Charlton stole four points from Argyle. An entertaining encounter at Home Park in November saw The Addicks score two late goals to overturn a 1-0 deficit, only for Emile Mpenza’s last minute equaliser to salvage a 2-2 draw for The Pilgrims. The reverse fixture was much more comfortable for Charlton as they won 2-0 at the Valley.
The sides last two meetings came in the division they will play in on Saturday, League One. In October 2010 another lively 2-2 draw was played out at Home Park as goals from Bradley Wright-Phillips and Yannick Bolasie weren’t enough for Argyle to claim the three points as a Paul Benson brace secured a draw for The Addicks. This was followed by another 2-0 victory for Charlton at The Valley in January 2011.