Charlton v Southampton preview
Southampton could plummet into the relegation zone if they are defeated by play-off chasing Charlton.
Last Updated: 11/04/08 5:24pm
Southampton travel to the capital attempting to dent Charlton's play-off bid and pick up three points which would provide a huge boost to their survival hopes.
The Addicks are two points off sixth spot, after an impressive win at Plymouth last weekend saw Alan Pardew's men end a run of five games without a victory.
Southampton could find themselves dragged into the bottom three if they come away from The Valley without a point and Leicester and Sheffield Wednesday are victorious.
Charlton are without suspended keeper Nicky Weaver so youngsters Rob Elliot and Darren Randolph will battle it out to figure.
Sam Sodje (dislocated toe) is out so Madjid Bougherra is likely to start while Lloyd Sam (hamstring) and Andy Gray (flu) are both available.
Striking duo Svetoslav Todorov and Chris Dickson (both knee) remain long-term absentees as Pardew's squad is tested to the limit.
Southampton defender Gregory Vignal faces a late fitness test ahead of the trip to the capital.
The former Liverpool and Portsmouth full-back limped out of last week's 2-0 win over Bristol City with a hamstring strain and although the injury is not as bad as first feared - he is unlikely to start.
Midfielder Andrew Surman may therefore have to deputise at left-back, but Saints should otherwise remain unchanged.
Veteran centre-halves Chris Lucketti and Chris Perry will continue after their successful home debuts, while midfielder Jason Euell will face his old club after shaking off a knee problem last week.
Winger Nathan Dyer is not ready to return after ankle surgery and full-back Chris Makin will not be back this season due to a hip problem.