Preview: Plymouth Argyle v Charlton Athletic

Plymouth Argyle head into Saturday’s clash with Charlton still searching for their first win of the season as they remain rock-bottom of the League One table.

Last weekend’s 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Blackpool extended the Pilgrims’ winless run to eight games this season with just three points taken from a possible 24.

Argyle will once again be without midfield duo Jamie Ness (groin) and Conor Grant (calf) who remain on the treatment table as well as winger Lionel Ainsworth who picked up an injury whilst playing for Argyle’s South West Peninsula League side against Elburton Villa last week.

Antoni Sarcevic and Stuart O’Keefe will be expected to step in once again with Yann Songo’o, one of the few shining lights in last weekend’s defeat to Blackpool, completing the midfield three.

Defender Niall Canavan is another absentee picking up an injury last weekend. The centre-back hobbled off after just four minutes to be replaced by Scott Wootton who looks likely to partner Ryan Edwards once more.

The defence will need to be in fine form to stop Addicks forward Lyle Taylor who already has five goals this season. The Pilgrims have just one clean sheet to their name so far this season with much room for improvement.

Ruben Lameiras and Graham Carey could potentially both be in the starting line-up for the first time since the opening day 2-1 defeat to Walsall. The Greens have looked much more threatening with the pair on the pitch together and will need all the fire power they can get as they look to end a three match spell in which they have failed to register a goal.

Derek Adams’ side have a poor record against Charlton, winning just two of their previous 10 games stretching back to 1991. However their 2-0 win at Home Park last season was also their first victory of the campaign with a  Jake Jervis brace enough to seal all three points that day.

The Valley side started the season slowly, winning just one of their opening five games, but three wins in succession against Southend, Wycombe and Bradford respectively have put them in good stead and looking more like the promotion/ play-off hopefuls that many have envisaged them to be this season.

Predicted Line-Up:

Macey

Riley/ Wootton/ Edwards/ Sawyer

Sarcevic/ Songo’o/ O’Keefe

Lameiras/ Ladapo/ Carey

Predicted Scoreline:

Charlton 2-1 Plymouth Argyle.

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