Football Previews: West Ham v Everton, Leicester v Charlton, Millwall v Brighton

By Rob Virtue on February 28, 2014 8:23 AM |

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Both Charlton and West Ham have picked up form of late but surely wins at Leicester and Everton, respectively, will be out of the question?

While at The Den, Ian Holloway looks for his Millwall side to pick up their first win in seven against Brighton.

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Everton v West Ham
Kick off:
Saturday, 3pm
Tickets
Odds: West Ham: 13/2; Everton: 8/15; Draw: 10/3
History of meetings: West Ham won - 36; Everton won - 64; Draw - 27

The Hammers will have to break with tradition if they are to get anything from Goodison Park this weekend.

West Ham haven't beaten Everton in 12 games, with the Toffees winning eight of those.

Manager Sam Allardyce will have to decide whether to bring Andy Carroll straight back into the side for Saturday's clash.

The striker has completed his three-match ban for a sending off against Swansea and will be hoping Carlton Cole makes way for him in the starting line-up.

Cole scored in the 3-1 win over Southampton last week and Allardyce said it's a difficult choice.

"It's tough decision based on how Carlton performed last week," he went on.

"Carlton has been very good. Since the reintroduction to the squad after being in the wilderness it took a little bit of time to get him fully fit."

Meanwhile, joint-chairman David Gold praised Big Sam this week. "Fans are frustrated, are angry and the first thing that happens is that they want a change of manager," he told the club's official website.

"Then the second thing they want is a change of the chairmen. It comes with the territory and there's no question that Sam's vindicated himself and I'm delighted for him."

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Charlton v Leicester City
Kick off:
Saturday, 3pm
Tickets
Odds: Charlton: 8/1; Leicester 4/9; Draw 18/5
History of meetings: Charlton - 25; Leicester won - 9; Draw - 18

Charlton fans are getting excited about the trip to Sheffield United in next week's FA Cup quarter final. If they win at Bramall Lane it will be the team's first semi-final since they won the cup in 1947.

But first it's the league and the side will be desperate to cause a shock at leaders Leicester on Saturday.

Manager Chris Powell said victories over QPR last week and Sheffield Wednesday in the cup in midweek count for little ahead of the trip to Leicester.

"We know our season has taken an upward curve, especially in the FA Cup, but it's only one result we've got in the league," he told BBC.

Powell is likely to shuffle the pack again as his side face major fixture congestion until the end of the season.

Transfer window signing striker Piotr Parzyszek from De Graafschap is still looking to feature in the side, although did travel to Sheffield in midweek.

Ben Hamer is likely to keep his place after a match-winning display against Wednesday.

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Millwall v Brighton
Kick off:
Saturday, 3pm
Tickets
Odds: Millwall: 29/10; Brighton 15/13; Draw 12/5
History of meetings: Millwall won - 33; Brighton won - 35; Draw - 19

The Lions record against Brighton hasn't been great of late with only one win in nine - that coming in a 1-0 win back in 2010.

Manager Ian Holloway said he wants his side to bounce back from a miserable performance against Barnsley last week, which leaves them on the edge of the relegation zone.

"Since I've been here I've been delighted with the way the players have stuck together and in general they've worked their socks off," the manager told the club's website.

"But for the first time, at Barnsley, I didn't see everyone working as hard as everyone else, and that will be reflected in my team selection on Saturday."

Alan Dunne and Jimmy Abdou are pushing for returns to the side on the back of last week's defeat.

Holloway again has to chose who to lead the line, with Simeon Jackson hoping for a recall.

2 Comments

Fred Kent said:

Please re track the record of using Abdou in any squad since our decline.
Get the chap on loan to someone else - though that might be difficult and why? If Millwall is to survive it will take 11 players on the field to fight like heroes and Jimmy is not made in that mode. Mr Holloway your options may be limited but this is not one of them.

Fred kent said:

Dear Mr Holloway - take this advice with a smile in your heart. Our Jimmy Abdou is not any longer able to act as a hero of the last battle to survive.

Give him a rest and take a chance with youth energy and passion.

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