Hull City vs Charlton Athletic – Preview
Hull City vs Charlton Athletic – Preview

Back in March, Charlton would have been firm favourites to win this match – Hull were missing nine players including their entire back-four.

The dynamic is different now. David Davis, Chris Solly and Lyle Taylor will not play for the Addicks, but Hull have four players who are refusing to play. Other than that, both clubs have a clean bill of health.

The game will be much different. No fans of course, which make the stadia seem almost eerie. Nine players can now be named on the bench, and five can be used.

Only three substitution breaks per side are allowed though, so managers who make two single changes will then have to make a treble change to take full advantage of the new rule.

With the players lacking fitness and match sharpness, the use and timing of subs will be crucial.

There will also be a drinks break midway through each half. Charlton are embroiled in the relegation dog fight and will probably need twelve points from the nine remaining games to stay up.

It is a big, big ask, especially without Taylor, and if Lee Bowyer can do that, it will dwarf his achievement of winning promotion last season.

The Addicks could line-up something like this:
Phillips; Matthews, Lockyer, Pearce, Purrington; Pratley, Cullen, Field, Williams; Aneke, Bonne.
Subs: Amos, Oshilaja, Sarr, Doughty, McGeady, Smith, Oztumer, Lapslie, Hemed.

Darren England will cross the Pennines from Lancashire to take charge of the match.

The thousands of fans watching the live stream at home will be keeping everything firmly crossed.