Monday, January 30, 2023

Prediction: Manchester United vs Charlton

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions 9 Jan 2023


Verdict: Manchester United win to nil

Best Odds: 10/11

Bookmaker: Unibet

Turning their attention back to EFL Cup duties on Tuesday night, a high-flying Manchester United will welcome Charlton to Old Trafford.

Manchester United

Starting with the hosts, extending on their FA Cup adventure over the weekend as they picked up a 3-1 victory at home against a struggling Everton, the mood in Manchester United’s camp should be at a real high. While the former Premier League champions might have opened the 2022/23 campaign in the midst of a wobble, the Red Devils have certainly now found their feet under Erik ten Hag. Finding a route back into the top-four and with a Champions League return at the top of their agenda, the former Ajax boss has seen his high-flying squad gain plenty of plaudits. Opening the New Year with a thumping 3-0 romp against Bournemouth last week, fans around Old Trafford have seen their side win each of their five domestic matchups across all formats since returning from the World Cup break. Likewise, shipping just a single strike since returning from the festive interval, ten Hag’s men will be smelling the chance to lay down another marker on Tuesday night.

Team News

While Manchester United might be without the likes of Jadon Sancho, Donny van de Beek and Axel Tuanzebe in midweek, ten Hag is expected to make a string of changes at Old Trafford.

Harry Maguire, Anthony Elanga and Alejandro Garnacho are expected to make a full return here. However, attacking talisman Marcus Rashford is expected to be handed a rest.


As for the visitors, while Charlton might have found themselves enduring a rather public crisis last month, the Addicks do appear to have claimed a much-needed boost. Appointing former Bristol City boss Dean Holden and simply looking to skyrocket away from a potential League One relegation scrap, the Londoners have now lost just one of their last five domestic matchups across all competitions. Extending on their EFL Cup adventure on December 21st as they clinched a shock penalties victory against Premier League outfit Brighton, the mood around the Valley should be at a recent high. Impressing over the past week as they clinched back-to-back third-tier wins against Portsmouth and Lincoln, Charlton will know that they simply face a free hit on Tuesday night. However, with just a single away victory to their name since the start of November, Holden’s new squad will know that they face a monumental challenge in midweek.

Team News

Missing out against Brighton last month after serving a suspension, Sean Clare is expected to make his return on Tuesday night.

However, Charlton have confirmed that both Diallang Jaiyesimi and Mandela Egbo will once again miss out at Old Trafford.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides last faced off back in 2007, Manchester United picked up a 2-0 victory at Old Trafford.
    • The Red Devils have won each of their five domestic matchups across all formats since returning from the World Cup break.
    • Likewise, Tuesday’s hosts have conceded just a single strike on that five-match winning run.
    • Charlton have managed to record just a single victory away from the Valley since November 8th.
    • Manchester United have won each of their previous 10 straight meetings against the Addicks – a run that stems back to May 2002.


    Although Charlton might have turned a much-needed corner since Holden arrived last month, the League One outfit will know that they face a huge challenge on Tuesday night. Watching Manchester United only continue to shine on either side of the World Cup break, the Premier League giants have gained plenty of plaudits for their rugged displays at the back. Winning each of their five post-World Cup outings by an aggregate score of 12-1, it is hard to see anything other than a fairly routine home victory at Old Trafford. Landing a 2-0 win when they last welcomed Charlton to Manchester back in 2007, a similar outcome can be found at appealing odds here.

    Verdict: Manchester United win to nil

    Best Odds: 10/11

    Bookmaker: Unibet


    Tom Dunstan

    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan



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