Charlton Athletic vs Sunderland betting tips: League One play-off final preview & predictions

Charlton vs Sunderland prediction: Charlton 1-2 Sunderland

This match is a repeat of the infamous 1998 Championship play-off final.

One of the best matches in play-off history.

One of the best matches in football history.

Back on May 25, 1998, the match finished 4-4 after extra time with Clive Mendonca scoring a hat-trick.

In that game Charlton were 1-0 up, then Sunderland were 2-1 up, 3-2 up and 4-3 up but the match went to penalties.

The first 13 penalties were all scored but local lad Michael Gray saw his effort saved by Charlton keeper Saša Ilić.

Charlton secured promotion to the Premiership.

Lets hope for similar levels of drama in this one.

Will it be repeat or revenge?

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 01: Sunderland logo and name of stadium during the Premier League match between Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion at Stadium of Light on October 1, 2016 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Highlights of Sunderland 1-0 Portsmouth

Highlights of Charlton Athletic 3-3 Doncaster Rovers

Charlton Athletic vs Sunderland: Who will win?

Charlton are 19/10 to win this final in 90 minutes.

Sunderland are slight favourites at 6/4.

A draw, which would force extra time, is 11/5.

A repeat of the penalty shootout from 1998 is 12/1.

Over 2.5 goals is 21/10.

Both teams to score is 8/11.

Charlton to secure promotion is 10/11; Sunderland are also 10/11.

It really is that tough to call.

Max Power

GILLINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM – AUGUST 22: Max Power of Sunderland battles for possession with Billy Bingham of Gillingham during the Sky Bet League One match between Gillingham and Sunderland at Priestfield Stadium on August 22, 2018 in Gillingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Lyle Taylor is Charlton’s top scorer this season with 25 goals. He is 4/1 to score first and 29/20 to make that 26.

Josh Parker will start alongside him up front. He’s 13/2 to score first and 12/5 to score anytime.

Sunderland’s Chris Maguire scored the only goal of the play-off semi-final. He is 6/1 to score first and 9/4 to score anytime.

Aiden McGeady scored twice in EFL Trophy Final at Wembley just two months ago. He is 11/2 to open the scoring and 2/1 to score anytime.

Charlton Athletic vs Sunderland: Match preview

Charlton’s play-off semi-final was an absolute thriller.

Having finished third in League 1, The Addicks took on sixth placed Doncaster Rovers.

In the first leg at the  Keepmoat Stadium, two goals in two minutes from Lyle Taylor and Joe Aribo saw them rush into a 2-0 lead.

However, Doncaster did pull one back late on to leave the tie finely poised ahead of the second leg.

At the Valley, Charlton lead after just two minutes thanks to Krystian Bielik.

3-1 on aggregate to the side from South London.

However, the drama was just getting started.

Donny equalised on the night after just 11 minutes and there was a nervy finish.

Then, the visitors scored again with just two minutes remaining to send the game into extra time.

In the 100th minute, it looked all over for Charlton when Doncaster went 3-1 up on the night.

But straight from kick off, Darren Pratley equalised on aggregate.

It finished 4-4 over the two legs.

The match went to penalties and the first seven were scored; Chris Solly, Josh Cullen, Lyle Taylor and Joe Aribo scoring for Charlton.

Then, Dillon Phillips saved to deny Doncaster’s top scorer John Marquis.

That meant if Naby Sarr scored Charlton were through.

However, his effort was saved.

It mattered not.

Doncaster could not score their final spot kick.

Cue celebrations at the Valley.

Will they be celebrating once again at Wembley?

Sunderland to go straight back up?

As for Sunderland, their play-off semi-final was slightly less eventful.

Chris Maguire scored the only goal of the game as the Black Cats beat Portsmouth 1-0 at the Stadium of Light.

They did well to hang on with only 10-men as Alim Öztürk was sent off in the 67th minute.

In the second leg on the South Coast, Jack Ross’ side put in a professional and resolute defensive display.

Goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin made some key saves as they held out for a goalless draw.

After back to back relegations, will Sunderland’s one year stay in League 1 end here or will they be preparing for just their third season in the third tier?

Charlton Athletic team news vs Sunderland

Lee Bowyer’s team can easily switch between a back three and back four.

It is difficult to predict which set up will be ahead of goalkeeper Dillon Phillips.

Arsenal loanee Krystian Bielik can easily switch from centre-back to central-midfield which gives them this flexibility.

Naby Sarr and Patrick Bauer are the other centre-backs.

The width comes from wing-backs Anfernee Dijksteel and Ben Purrington.

Albie Morgan will keep his place in midfield ahead of Jake Forster-Caskey and Darren Pratley.

No matter if it’s a 3-4-1-2 or a 4-3-2-1, Joe Aribo gets the free role behind the two strikers.

They are Josh Parker and top scorer Lyle Taylor.

Taylor has 25 goals to his name this season.

Can he fire Charlton back into the Championship for the first time since 2016?

Sunderland team news vs Charlton Athletic

GILLINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM – AUGUST 22: Jack Ross, Manager of Sunderland looks on prior to the Sky Bet League One match between Gillingham and Sunderland at Priestfield Stadium on August 22, 2018 in Gillingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

As for Sunderland, Jack Ross has some big decisions to make, particularly in attacking areas.

Goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin has played every minute of every league game for Sunderland this season, keeping 16 clean sheets in 54 appearances in all competitions.

The defence is settled.

Alim Öztürk is available after his red card in the home leg against Portsmouth was rescinded.

Luke O’Nien, Tom Flanagan and  Bryan Oviedo make up the defence.

In midfield, Lee Cattermole has had the best goalscoring season of his career, he’s netted seven times.

Max Power will be alongside him.

However, the other four players who will be in midfield and attack are harder to predict.

Grant Leadbitter started the last match at Portsmouth to help stiffen up the midfield.

He’s likely to keep his place with George Honeyman staying out wide

Ross is still sweating over the fitness of Aiden McGeady.

The Ireland international has scored 14 goals this season but has not played since April 27.

He is likely to only be on the bench.

McGeady’s absence will shift some of the creative responsibility onto Chris Maguire who scored the only goal of the semi-final.

Up front, Ross has a decision to make.

Charlie Wyke is likely to get the nod ahead of Will Grigg.

Grigg will join the likes of Lynden Gooch, Lewis Morgan and Duncan Watmore in the bench.

Watmore has not played since September 3 when he suffered a horrific ankle injury against Wycombe.

Will he and his Sunderland teammates be celebrating at Wembley?

Predicted Charlton Athletic line-up vs Sunderland

Predicted Charlton Athletic line-up vs Sunderland

Predicted Charlton Athletic line-up vs Sunderland.

Predicted Sunderland line-up vs Charlton Athletic

Predicted Sunderland line-up vs Charlton Athletic

Predicted Sunderland line-up vs Charlton Athletic.

The latest tweets from Charlton Athletic pre Sunderland

The latest tweets from Sunderland pre Charlton Athletic

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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