Three thousand two hundred gloating Saints fans will arrive at the Valley to mock us tomorrow evening. The only unknown is the timing of their opening goal which will signal the start of the booing from the West, East and North as well as the crowing from the South.
The form book suggests this could be the most predictable result at the Valley in living memory. If any Bookies are inclined to temper the odds for a Southampton victory because they are away from home, my advice is to bet what you can afford on the away win. The last eight from both sides is as follows...
Charlton L L L L D L L L = 1 points F5, A16
Southampton W D W L W W W W = 19 points F15, A3
For the 10,000 Charlton fans who will bother to show up, things could get heated and Chris Powell could be in for a long, hard night, as could some of his players. They will play with fear and uncertainty, knowing that every mistake will be audible. It's easy to say "get behind the team" and "never boo" at home but the fans are getting angrier at what they see as a lack of effort or concern over what they are doing or not doing in front of those who pay their wages.