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Next Up: Addicks v Wolves

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11:00 18th April 2013

Wolves are in the capital this Saturday

Wolves travel to Charlton Athletic this Saturday, looking to build on Tuesday's home win against Hull as they continue their battle for Championship survival.

Despite Wolves' poor season, the trip to The Valley will bring back good memories for many of the current squad, as Wanderers have won on their last two visits to south-east London.

Back in September 2008, Wolves maintained their impressive start to the season by beating the Addicks 3-1 at The Valley - despite falling behind early on.

Nicky Bailey had given the home side the lead, but a Sylvan Ebanks-Blake penalty and a late double from Sam Vokes gave Mick McCarthy's team the points on their way to winning the league title.

Ebanks-Blake also scored in the corresponding fixture in the previous season - notching a memorable double as Wolves won 3-2 on what was the striker's 22nd birthday.

He opened the scoring after 15 minutes, only for Greg Halford to equalise. Ebanks-Blake then produced a wonderful solo goal - turning a defender on the byline before hammering home a clinical finish to edge Wolves back in front.

Leroy Lita then equalised again, but Wolves snatched the points at the death when Karl Henry converted Kevin Kyle's cross at the back post, before celebrating with the travelling supporters behind the goal.

Wolves are also unbeaten in their previous three home games against the Londoners, although Charlton will have left Molineux the happier of the two sides earlier this season, after coming back to claim a point.

Bakary Sako had given the home side the lead before Lawrie Wilson pounced to level for the visitors just before the hour mark.

Charlton also held the upper hand during the most recent top flight meetings between the clubs, which took place during the 2003/2004 season.

Wolves, promoted under Dave Jones as play-off winners the previous campaign, had made a disastrous start to life in the Premiership, having being mauled 5-1 away at Blackburn Rovers on the opening day.

The following week, they welcomed Charlton to Molineux, but again suffered a heavy defeat, as goals from Jason Euell, Claus Jensen and Shaun Bartlett (2) gave the Addicks a convincing 4-0 victory.

The teams met again in the January of that season, with Wolves putting up a stronger showing at The Valley but still coming away with nothing to show for their efforts, with a Euell double earning Charlton the points.

Of the last twenty meetings between the sides, Wolves have won eight, Charlton six and there have been six draws.

The current Addicks side sit ninth in the table, still with an outside chance of the play-offs, and are unbeaten in five. It is their home form which has let them down this campaign though - they have picked up just six wins at The Valley, compared to the nine victories they have earned on their travels.

Injured Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme played four games for Charlton during a loan spell at The Valley in 2009, and popular midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong is also among the players to have played for both clubs, having spent time on loan at either before joining Fulham earlier this year.

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