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Charlton can continue excellent start to season

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Charlton Athletic remain among the favourites for relegation from the Sky Bet Championship this term but they have given an excellent account of themselves since returning to England's second tier.

Lee Bowyer's men took maximum points against Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City before snatching a draw in a tricky trip to Oakwell against Barnsley.

Last season's top scorer Lyle Taylor has been on the scoresheet in each of those assignments and can help the Addicks rock a Nottingham Forest outfit who have had a tough start to the season.

Forest faced West Brom and Leeds in their opening two matches, from which they managed one point, and despite a 3-0 win at Birmingham last time out, it could be a favourable time to be facing them.

New manager Sabri Lamouchi has used only 15 players in the league this campaign but is getting to grips with England's second tier and it may take longer for him to put right Forest's dismal away form.

In 2018-19 they won only four of their 23 matches on the road, often struggling to convert stalemates into successes.

The Addicks are brimming with confidence and, having failed to score in only three games at The Valley last term, they are worth backing in front of the TV cameras.

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Match in Focus

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Wolfsburg v Hoffenheim

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  • Wolfsburg have kept one clean sheet in their last eight home Bundesliga matches
Expert verdict
Hoffenheim have made a poor start to the Bundesliga season under new coach Alfred Schreuder and have failed to score in three of their opening four games but could still threaten on their trip to Wolfsburg, who have lost just one of their last 13 home matches but kept only one clean sheet in their last eight games on their own patch. Wolfsburg should justify favouritism as Wout Weghorst and Josip Brekalo have both hit the ground running but Hoffenheim scored in all 17 away games last term.