Charlton Match Preview Part 2

Last updated : 05 April 2002 By Mike Reich
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Last season, Charlton came to Upton Park on Boxing Day, and gifted the Hammers faithful with a belated Christmas present when they succumbed to a five - nil thrashing at the hands of the mighty Irons.

Since then though, the two sides have fought out a 1-1 draw and a 4-4 draw at the valley, with the latter of those two fixtures featuring an astonishing hatrick from the Hammers Paul Kitson - who had ironically been on loan with the Addicks at the end of the 99/00 season.

West Ham should once more be able to field a very strong side, with England goalie, David James in goal. Christian Dailly picked up his fifth booking of the season on Monday will not be suspended, as the cut off for the five booking suspension date was the end of February.

Therefore Christian will line up alongside Tomas Repka, with Sebastien Schemmel expected to be at right back, and Nigel Winterburn will replace Monday's injury victim, Vladimir Labant, on the left. It is unlikely that Ian Pearce will be handed a starting place, although he might come on some time in the second half.

The midfield will feature Steve Lomas and Trevor Sinclair either side of our two England starlets, Joe Cole and Michael Carrick. Fredi Kanouté and Paolo di Canio will probably line up in attack, with Jermain Defoe having to settle for the bench against his former club.

The bench should also feature Shaka Hislop, John Moncur, Ian Pearce, the aforementioned Jermain Defoe and one other - possibly the recently recovered Shaun Byrne.

As for the result - if West Ham can avoid complacency - it should be a win for the Hammers, with home advantage and a very strong line up. However, prior to last season, the Addicks have ground out two 1-0 victories at Upton Park - and with this being a London derby, there should be a good fight on show.

At West Ham (12)At Charlton (13)Overall (25 matches)
West Ham541.67Charlton538.46West Ham624
Charlton541.67West Ham17.69Charlton1040
West Ham242Charlton221.69West Ham401.6
Charlton171.42West Ham161.23Charlton391.56
Highest Aggregate10West Ham 7 - 3Charlton1932/1933
Highest West Ham score:7West Ham 7 - 3Charlton1932/1933
Highest Charlton score:4Charlton 4 - 4West Ham2001/2002
2001/2002Mon 19 NovCharlton4 - 4West HamPremiership
2000/2001Mon 22 JanCharlton1 - 1West HamPremiership
Tue 26 DecWest Ham5 - 0CharltonPremiership
1998/1999Mon 05 AprWest Ham0 - 1CharltonPremiership
Sat 24 OctCharlton4 - 2West HamPremiership
1992/1993Sat 26 DecCharlton1 - 1West HamLeague Division One
Sat 22 AugWest Ham0 - 1CharltonLeague Division One
1990/1991Sat 04 MayCharlton1 - 1West HamSecond Division
Sat 27 OctWest Ham2 - 1CharltonSecond Division
1988/1989Sat 31 DecCharlton0 - 0West HamFirst Division
Sat 03 SepWest Ham1 - 3CharltonFirst Division
1987/1988Sat 12 MarCharlton3 - 0West HamFirst Division
Sat 10 OctWest Ham1 - 1CharltonFirst Division
1986/1987Sat 07 MarCharlton2 - 1West HamFirst Division
Sat 25 OctWest Ham1 - 3CharltonFirst Division
1979/1980Mon 05 MayWest Ham4 - 1CharltonSecond Division
Sat 01 DecCharlton1 - 0West HamSecond Division
1978/1979Sat 21 AprCharlton0 - 0West HamSecond Division
Sat 16 DecWest Ham2 - 0CharltonSecond Division
1957/1958Sat 05 AprWest Ham0 - 0CharltonSecond Division
Sat 12 OctCharlton0 - 3West HamSecond Division
1935/1936Sat 18 AprWest Ham1 - 3CharltonSecond Division
Sat 14 DecCharlton2 - 2West HamSecond Division
1932/1933Sat 08 AprCharlton3 - 1West HamSecond Division
Sat 26 NovWest Ham7 - 3CharltonSecond Division