Football Previews: Charlton v Millwall, and West Ham look for goals
Charlton and Millwall do battle at The Valley this weekend with both sides hoping to pull away from the drop zone.
West Ham, meanwhile, will be looking to end three games without a goal when they entertain Everton on Saturday.
Traditionally, Charlton have found points hard to come by against their south-east London rivals. The Addicks won't want to be reminded they've won just four times in the last 20 years against the Lions - that's in 24 meetings.
And it's not been the perfect start for Charlton this season, who lie 17th in the Championship. But the last home game - a win against Leicester - followed by a draw at Watford, showed this team has fight.
Many felt they were also unlucky to go down 2-1 against Huddersfield on Tuesday night. The side missed Yann Kermorgant up front but it looks like he is set to shake off an ankle injury ahead of the Millwall meeting.
Chris Solly is out, however.
Millwall, who sit two places below the Addicks in the table, have been buoyed by the midweek return of Steve Morison who registered his first goal since returning to the club.
Nicky Bailey also broke his duck for the Lions in the 3-1 win over Blackpool as they bounced back from a 5-1 humbling by Derby.
Both players are sure to be key in Millwall's trip to the Valley. Bailey was once a hero in SE7 but will have the boos ringing out on Saturday. It's likely, however, he'll thrive on it.
Morison, meanwhile, pulled Charlton apart two years ago, scoring four times in two games against them for the Lions.
And former Addicks loanee Martyn Waghorn is another who could come back to haunt them. He's set to partner either Morison or Scott McDonald up front for Millwall.
West Ham United v Everton
Kick off: Saturday, 3pm
Odds: West Ham win - 9/4
Sam Allardyce is a worried man.
"We have only conceded one goal in four games, but we just can't find the back of the net," said Big Sam. "Three games without a goal is my concern."
A well-fought draw at Southampton last weekend was a good result, but if they fail to score on Saturday there will be questions asked especially about the summer transfer policy, which failed to bring in real cover for Andy Carroll.
Sod's law meant Carroll would suffer injury and is yet to appear in a West Ham shirt since his permanent transfer in the summer. Modibo Maïga has not been able to adequately fill the Geordie's boots, while recent signing Mladen Petric is still not fit.
And the Hammers have a tough ask against Everton who kept a clean sheet against Chelsea last week, in a 1-0 win for the Toffees.
Stewart Downing and Joe Cole are also sidelined in West Ham's mini-injury crisis.