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Charlton to end Huddersfield’s unbeaten record and go clear

| 28.11.2011

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Huddersfield’s 43-match stretch without a loss in a regular season league fixture faces quite possibly its toughest test yet away to League One leaders Charlton…

The Terriers’ run is the longest in Football League history and they are seven games shy of bettering the overall English undefeated league record held by Arsenal, which could be broken at Wycombe as the Christmas lights go down on January 6th.

However, to get to that stage they are going to have to do what nobody else in the division has come even close to doing recently and derail a Charlton side enjoying a sequence of six straight victories, four claimed by three goals or more.

That form has sent them clear at the top, and the chance to open up a seven-point lead in front of the Sky Sports cameras is one that they won’t want to waste, especially given the added incentive of being the ones to beat the unbeatables.

Chris Powell’s men are 11/8 favourites and there are many reasons to fancy them beyond recent results, including four wins from six over the course of the campaign against top-eight rivals, and the visitors dropping points in five of their nine away ties.

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Besides the outcome proving pivotal to the title race, with either Charlton marching clear and demoralising Lee Clark’s team or Huddersfield edging within two points of momentum-sapped hosts, one thing that seems almost guaranteed is goals.

The capital club have scored a sensational 20 goals in their last six matches, five of those in their last home outing as they surged into a 5-0 lead against predicted promotion chasers Preston.

Huddersfield don’t slack either, netting in 19 successive encounters, 14 of which have featured over 2.5 goals. That’s an 8/13 prospect on this occasion, so for meatier odds consider both teams to score and Charlton to win at 10/3.



Richard Anderson