Doncaster's Keepmoat Stadium

Doncaster Rovers vs Charlton Athletic betting tips: League One play-off semi-final first leg match preview and predictions

Doncaster vs Charlton prediction: Doncaster 1-1 Charlton

The second League 1 play-off kicks off at the Keepmoat Stadium.

These two finished 15 points apart in the table with Charlton winning their meeting in South London and the game at this stadium finishing all square in March.

Will either side have the advantage ahead of the second leg at the Valley next Friday night?

Doncaster Rovers vs Charlton Athletic: Who will win?

Doncaster need to make home advantage count in the first leg and they are 13/10 to do just that.

Charlton are 2/1 to leave South Yorkshire with a win.

A draw is 11/5.

Under 2.5 goals is 8/11.

Both teams to score though is 4/5.

Both teams to score and draw is 3/1.

OXFORD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 09: Detail view of the SkyBet League One logo during the Sky Bet League One match between Oxford United and Coventry City at Kassam Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Oxford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

John Marquis is Doncaster’s leading scorer this season with 25 goals. He is 4/1 to score first and 13/8 to add to his impressive tally.

Lyle Taylor was named Charlton’s player of the season last weekend after scoring 24 goals this season. He’s also 4/1 to score first and is 9/5 to net anytime.

Both John Marquis and Lyle Taylor and to score is 6/1.

Both Mallik Wilks and John Marquis to score is 7/1.

Doncaster Rovers vs Charlton Athletic: Match preview

Donny are delighted to be in the play-offs.

On Saturday, they defeated Coventry City 2-0 to pip Peterborough United to that much coveted sixth spot.

That ended a run of 3 games without a win that had threatened to end their promotion hopes.

Doncaster were in the Championship as recently as 2014 but have been down in League 2 since then.

In fact, they’ve been either promoted or relegated in 6 of the last 11 seasons so will they be going up again?

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 12: A general view of the club crest inside the stadium before the League One match between Charlton Athletic and Walsall at The Valley on December 12, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Charlton on their way back?

Or will it be Charlton going to Wembley?

They were in the Premier League as recently as 12 years ago but have been relegated from the Championship twice in that time.

They come into this tie in great form.

Lee Bowyer’s side hammered Rochdale 4-0 on Saturday; that’s 10 wins from their last 13, losing just 1 of those.

Charlton haven’t been outside the play-off places since 8 December and were unlucky to miss out on automatic promotion by just 3 points.

As the side who finished third, they come into the play-offs as favourites so will they leave Doncaster with a lead to hold onto?

Doncaster Rovers team news vs Charlton Athletic

Grant McCann has no injury worries ahead of this huge game so has a fully fit squad to choose from.

Goalkeeper Marko Maroši has started 40 games this season but has kept just 8 clean sheets.

In defence, Andy Butler will captain an unchanged back 4 from the weekend.

Herbie Kane, who’s on loan from Liverpool, will partner Ben Whiteman in midfield.

Ahead of them is a Doncaster Rovers legend.

James Coppinger will make his 603rd appearance in this one for the club he joined way back in 2004.

He also signed a 1 year contract extension last week.

Mallik Wilks is expected to keep his place in the side ahead of Tommy Rowe.

Ali Crawford is expected to come in for Kieran Sadlier on the other wing.

Up front will be their main man.

John Marquis has scored 25 goals this season and provided 5 assists meaning he’s been involved in 34% of their goals this season.

Will he add some more in their biggest game of the season so far?

Charlton Athletic team news vs Doncaster Rovers

As for Lee Bowyer’s Charlton, will their great form continue?

Dillon Phillips will continue in goal ahead of Preston loanee Chris Maxwell.

In defence, Mouhamadou-Naby Sarr is expected to keep his place ahead of Jason Pearce.

Right-back Chris Solly is suspended.

In midfield, they have two players on loan from Premier League clubs.

Josh Cullen and Krystian Bielik are both highly rated at their parent clubs West Ham and Arsenal respectively.

Ben Reeves is expected to join them in midfield coming in for Albie Morgan.

Ahead of them, Joe Aribo gets the free role in this 4-3-1-2 formation.

He’ll be just behind the two strikers.

When Karlan Grant, who’d scored 14 league goals for them this season, left for Huddersfield in January, there were worries as to how this side would score goals.

However, Lyle Taylor has been brilliant filling the void left by his former strike partner.

Taylor has scored 24 goals this season so can he add to those here?

Will Charlton take a lead back to the Valley?

Predicted Doncaster Rovers line-up vs Charlton Athletic

Predicted Doncaster Rovers line-up vs Charlton Athletic

Predicted Doncaster Rovers line-up vs Charlton Athletic.

Predicted Charlton Athletic line-up vs Doncaster Rovers

Predicted Charlton Athletic line-up vs Doncaster Rovers

Predicted Charlton Athletic line-up vs Doncaster Rovers.

The latest tweets from Doncaster Rovers pre Charlton

The latest tweets from Charlton Athletic pre Doncaster

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

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