BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Lee Bowyer is confident his Charlton Athletic side will rise to the challenge of facing the Championship big guns over the next fortnight.
The Addicks will be looking to end a two-match losing streak when they face Championship leaders Leeds United at The Valley on Saturday.
And they follow up with a midweek home fixture against second-placed Swansea before going to Fulham, one of the promotion favourites.
First up Bowyer is looking to plot the downfall of his former club Leeds. He scored 55 goals in 265 matches for the Yorkshire giants – including scoring in the Champions League against Barcelona and AC Milan.
“Leeds, Swansea and Fulham are all teams that will be up there,” said the Addicks chief, pictured right. “But I think we always do our best against the so-called better sides – we certainly did that last season and I can’t see it being any different now.
“From what I have seen live and on the telly, Leeds are the team to beat. If you finish above them then you’re getting promoted – I think it’s that simple.
“They are a very good side. I watched their game against Derby [on Saturday] and I don’t know how they drew that. They hit the woodwork twice and missed sitters left, right and centre. It was crazy to watch.
“I’ll watch them more this week, but they have weaknesses. They just bomb so many people forward.
“As good as they are going forward they are going to be vulnerable at the back as well. But you’ve got to get the ball first!”