Charlton takes on the visitors Doncaster in the second leg of English League One playoffs semifinals. The match will be played on Friday, May 17th at The Valley (London)
Charlton will be the obvious favorite of the second leg of League One playoffs semifinal at London Valley. Red Robins declared their superiority in the first match in South Yorkshire, and they won 8 of the last 9 meetings in the league. I like the assessment of the hosts’ chances to win in the upcoming meeting, which I propose to use. Charlton really impressed in the first match, beating the last of the promoters (1:2). The initiative and pressure bore fruit at the 32nd minute when Taylor scored, and after another 2 minutes, Aribo increased the advantage. Only 3 minutes before the final whistle, Doncaster managed to win back 1 ball, but it will be difficult to make a comeback in the alien lair, having only the 12th fixture of away results. Doncaster will have to do its utmost if the Bowyer’s team gives its opponent the initiative. The space behind the forward-running Rovers will give chances to Taylor's talent, who has scored 22 goals this season. The advantage of 1 ball is unsteady so the hosts will increase it with pleasure. Especially at home, where Charlton gained 6 wins in a row at the finish line. Moreover, the team has not lost in League One since October. In general, there were only 2 losses, and this is the 2nd best fixture in the league (16-5-2). Yes, Doncaster won at the Valley (0: 2), but it was the cup match, thrown by the hosts because of a different prioritization (they used a reserve squad). The Londoners lacked only 3 points for the automatic promotion; their current rivals lacked 18. The difference is more than significant.
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We can say that Doncaster missed several real opportunities to score at home Keepmoat, and Blair's goal in the 87th minute was only a consolation for the fans. The Rovers could not brace themselves at the right moment; therefore, it is appropriate to recall that the McCann’s team lacked physics at the finish of the season. The Yorkshire players gained only one victory in the 5 final matches of the regular season and won only once in the last 10 away games. It is not much. I think the triumph of the visitors and even parity at the Valley are excluded. The leader of the upcoming visitors, attacking midfielder Coppinger, picked up an injury in the first match and was substituted. The risk of being left without a leader is very high, so Doncaster is expected to use the only striker Marquis, who scored only 3 goals in the last 10 matches. Londoner Taylor, for example, scored 8 balls throughout a similar period, and even the teams from the Championship envy his join with Aribo.
In the first playoff match, Charlton managed to break a streak of away draws in Yorkshire, and the statistics of its home games against the Rovers are good anyway. In November, Doncaster got swept (2:0) at the Valley, as in the 2 previous duels in London (1:0 and 2:0). Now, the potential absence of Coppinger, who plays a key role in the team, the depressing form of the Yorkies, as well as their poor away results, will play against Doncaster.
Prediction for the match: Charlton to win