Charlton will look to progress to the League One playoff final when they host Doncaster at The Valley on Saturday.
The first leg ended in the 2-1 in favor of Charlton, and it was a massive away win for them. Charlton started the game well and had most of the early chances. Lyle Taylor opened the scoring when he headed in from a Josh Cullen cross. Cullen appeared to be offside in the buildup, but the replays showed that the touch came from a Doncaster player. Charlton doubled their lead soon after. This time Taylor turned provider, and Joe Aribo made it 2-0.
Doncaster pulled one back in the dying stages when Matty Blair scored. But Charlton were the happier side at full-time, and they will head home with an advantage to protect. Even though Doncaster shaded the possession, Charlton had more goal threat. They had eight shots on target compared to just two from the home side. The Addicks were in control at 2-0, and they will be ruing the late Doncaster goal which still has the tie in the balance.
Charlton were the in-form League One side going into the playoffs. They had won seven out of their final eight league games. That run enabled them to leapfrog the likes of Portsmouth and Sunderland to finish in third place. They were close to direct promotion but missed by a slender margin of three points. Charlton’s strength is their defense, and they will be confident of defending the lead in the second leg. Only second-placed Barnsley conceded fewer than Charlton’s 40 goals in the season.
As for Doncaster, the task ahead of them is a daunting one. They finished in sixth place and scraped into the playoffs. Doncaster needed a win on the last day to be sure of making it. They played Coventry City and beat them 2-0 to finish in sixth place. Grant McCann’s side looked jaded in the first leg, but the late goal has given them hope. If one goes by the performance in the whole season, there is only one winner. Charlton finished a whopping 15 points above Doncaster on the final day.
Doncaster will need to start brightly, which is something which they did not do in the first leg. Charlton were quick to seize the initiative and were rewarded with a 2-0 lead at the interval. Doncaster improved in the second half, but could not score early enough. Their away form has been poor this season, which is encouraging for Charlton. Doncaster have scored just 31 goals away from home, meanwhile conceding 37 on the road.
Charlton vs Doncaster Prediction
Charlton will go into the tie as favorites to make the playoff final. They have a 2-1 lead, and Doncaster’s record against the top teams has been poor this season. Playing at home, Charlton should have enough to get the job done. It will be a close game and expect less than 2.5 goals in this one.