When the fixtures were published two months ago, few would have imagined that Charlton would be travelling to Molineux on Saturday still unbeaten and full of confidence. Four wins, two draws, 13 goals, 4 against. Two of last year's Premier League teams beaten; two battling away draws against fancied sides; two lower league clubs efficiently despatched in the Cup while blooding youngsters; a three minute debut goal this week for an 18 year old; a 40 yard chip from the genius Ahmed Kashi; the return of Igor Vetokele. What more could we ask for, apart perhaps from the fitness of Chris Solly and Tony Watt?
Wolves, who missed out on the play-offs last year on goal difference, have made a less impressive start. Although they kicked off with a win at Blackburn, they only avoided home defeat by Hull because of a howler by Hull keeper McGregor. They then squandered a 2-0 lead to lose 2-3 at home to QPR before going down 0-2 at Cardiff. Their two League Cup wins have been by 2-1 against Newport and Barnet. There doesn't seem to be much to fear.
The loss of last season's joint top scorer Bakary Sako to Palace in the summer was bound to affect them, but they still boast Benik Afobe and Nouha Dicko up front. Wolves have apparently turned down three bids from Norwich for Afobe who has scored 16 goals for them in 26 games since arriving from Arsenal. As back up they have Adam LeFondre and Sheyi Ojo so they would appear to be well equipped as an attacking force. However Charlie Austin, Nikica Jelavic and Tom Ince have all departed empty handed this season so there is every reason to think that the Charlton defence will be hard to crack at Molineux, even if Jordan Cousins has to continue at right back.
It will be interesting to see whether ex Millwall winger James Henry plays for the hosts, given the ongoing rumour about his impending transfer to SE7.
Tony Watt will not be ready to return and it is very unlikely that Igor Vetokele will start although he could be a lively substitute for Ahearne-Grant after half time. However, with Simon Makienok gaining form and confidence there is a sense that goals can come from all quarters. Our midfield looks full of confidence and invention with Kashi looking as if he will be following in the illustrious footsteps of Kish and Kins.
Last season Guy Luzon coached a dispirited squad to a commendable 0-0 draw at Wolverhampton. Now, with confidence and team spirit apparently sky high, he should be able to go one better. Even a draw would put Charlton in an impressive position going into the international break. And then, after our "impossible" five game Championship start, we at last get on to the easy games. At home to Rotherham and Huddersfield? We've only got to turn up haven't we?