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Statzone: Charlton Athletic v Blues

Posted: Fri 07 Feb 2014
Author: WhoScored.com

Statzone: Charlton Athletic v Blues

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Check out a statistical preview of this weekend's Sky Bet Championship fixture at Charlton Athletic courtesy of WhoScored.com.

Football statistics website WhoScored.com have taken to opportunity to preview Birmingham City's trip to Charlton Athletic on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

The Addicks head into the match having won just one of their last nine Championship fixtures, with the south London side currently engulfed in a relegation battle, while the Blues will enter the encounter with confidence following the exciting 3-3 draw with Derby County last weekend. 

Only Yeovil (8) have picked up fewer points at home this season than Charlton (13) have in the Championship.

When the two sides met earlier in the season Charlton ran out 1-0 winners at St. Andrew's thanks to a goal by the now departed Dale Stephens.

Chris Powell's side have struggled for goals of late, netting just the three in their last five league games and following the departures of Yann Kermorgant, Stephens and Cameron Stewart, their quest to build on the 23 goals scored this season has been dealt a severe blow. With that in mind, Birmingham will be optimistic of securing their seventh clean sheet of the season at the Valley. 

Key to that will be versatile defender and captain Paul Robinson. The defender has featured in all 6 league games in which Birmingham have kept a clean sheet and his experience could prove essential when the Blues travel to the capital.

The player has a WhoScored.com strength of 'ball interceptions' and with Charlton boasting a strength of 'creating chances using through balls', Robinson's reading of the game will be crucial in the meeting between the two sides. The 35-year-old ranks in WhoScored's top 10 for interceptions per game in the Championship this term, displaying how he's able to cut out potential attacks before the opposition can forge a goalscoring opportunity.

While Charlton lost a number of first-team regulars in January, they still pose a threat to any team on their day, especially when playing at home. Nevertheless, Robinson's defensive qualities and Premier League knowhow mean that any offensive moves that could threaten the Blues goal could well be snuffed out with minimal fuss.

Having scored five goals in their last three competitive fixtures, Blues will be confident of netting against the Addicks and should the strikers be firing on all cylinders, Robinson will be on hand to cut off the supply to the Charlton attack at the other end.

*The above article is not the views of Birmingham City Football Club but WhoScored.com, a unique website specialising in the in-depth analysis of detailed football data. Provided with unique stats, they compile and create comprehensive analysis on the major European divisions, including live match stats and player ratings. Follow @WhoScored and their editorial assistant @BenMcAleer1 on Twitter.