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Championship betting team guide:Charlton Athletic

by Sean Goff | August 8, 2012
Charlton Athletic

ON A ROLL: Promoted Charlton have Premier League ambitions this season (pic: Getty)

Charlton Athletic

Manager: Chris Powell
Ins: Lawrie Wilson (undisclosed amount), Salim Kerkar (free transfer), Jordan Cook (free transfer).
Outs: Gary Doherty (undisclosed amount), Jonathan Fortune (free transfer), Conor Gough (free transfer).
Strengths: A golden path for League One champions. At least, this is the impression that has been gathered over the past few seasons. Let’s have a look at the stats. Brighton and Hove Albion won League One in 2010/11 and at one point were staring automatic promotion square in the eye.

The season before that, Norwich City were the champions – they are in the Premier League now.

As are Swansea City, who won League One in the 2007/08 season. Forget the Premier League title, the League One crown is what you really want in your trophy cabinet.
Weaknesses: A questionable squad list. The Addicks were certainly impressive in League One last season, winning the title with 101 points – eight points ahead of nearest rival Sheffield Wednesday.

The problem is, they now climb into the Championship with only Andy Hughes, skipper Johnnie Jackson and Leon Cort with substantial experience in England’s second tier.

Also, while Lawrie Wilson and Jordan Cook are tremendous signings, they are both on the youthful side and could struggle to hack it with the big boys of the division when the business end of the season draws near.
Last season’s performance: As hot as fire. Charlton Athletic were almost always guaranteed an automatic promotion spot to the Championship from Christmas time. They didn’t ease off the pedal too much though, racing to 101 points and losing just five games all season. Can they be just as dominant this year?
If they were a celebrity: Rita Ora. Just like Charlton have been untouchable in the football world lately, Rita Ora has powered through the music industry to become one of its hottest stars right now.

But the question is, will both bubbles burst when the pressure starts to pile on each of their successes?

You might not have known: Ever wonder where Charlton Athletic adopted their nickname The Addicks from? Well, it turns out it is in honour of a local fish and chip shop based in the area. Talk about respecting the place where you came from.
Championship title odds: 20/1

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