Ahead of a game that could have implications at both ends of the table, we spoke to Charlton fan Marcus Hoare for this edition of the Opposition View, Plymouth Argyle v Charlton.
How has your season panned out so far?
A lot better than expected at the start. We weren’t even able to name a full bench at Sunderland on the opening day and I feared a mid-table season with a rather small squad.
Are there any players who have stood out especially this season?
Lyle Taylor is the main standout who has led the line brilliantly and continued the form he showed for AFC Wimbledon. Other notable mentions go to the loan duo of Josh Cullen (West Ham) and Krystian Bielik (Arsenal) who have formed the base of solid midfield in the absence of Jake Forster-Caskey.
What tactical style would you say you’re playing right now?
Our tactical style has tended to vary depending on our opposition. Usually we set up in a narrow 4-4-2 diamond formation. However manager Lee Bowyer has switched to a back three in certain games.
Charlton have former Argyle academy graduate Ben Purrington on-loan from Rotherham. How has he performed for you?
Ben Purrington has been solid deputising for the injured Lewis Page. He hasn’t really stood out a mile but is dependable enough.
Which Argyle player, if any, would you like to sign?
Graham Carey. Despite the fact we have attacking midfield talents galore, I’ve always admired Carey’s quality and eye for the spectacular.
With Charlton’s place in the play-offs all but secured, who would you like to see them face, and why?
At the moment I’d favour Portsmouth having beaten them home and away (both 2-1) already this season. We seem to be able to nullify the Ronan Curtis, Jamal Lowe and Brett Pitman frontline.
Forward Karlan Grant joined Premier League side Huddersfield in January. How big a miss has he been since his departure?
Karlan has been an enormous loss. Losing a 15-goal striker in January was always going to be a tough test and we haven’t really found a replacement. Igor Vetokele is still finding his feet after an injury ravaged past 2 seasons and Josh Parker hasn’t played much due to a virus.
Are there any real weak links you’re worried about?
I wouldn’t say we many major weak links but we can be suspect at right-back. Chris Solly’s injuries are catching up to him and Anfernee Djiksteel is a holding midfielder being played out of position so there may be some joy for Argyle there.
What is your prediction for the game?
I predict 2-0 to Charlton but I know our recent record at Home Park isn’t the greatest!