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PREVIEW | Sheffield United v Charlton

Posted: Fri 17 Mar 2017
Author: George Jones

Look ahead to the Addicks' trip to league-leaders Sheffield United

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Jake Forster-Caskey, Ezri Konsa and Jordan Botaka are all pushing for recalls after returning to our matchday 18 for Tuesday’s draw with Bradford City at The Valley.

Josh Magennis, Chris Solly, Roger Johnson, Harry Lennon and Ahmed Kashi are all still out. Jason Pearce and Joe Aribo have an outside chance of returning.

For Sheffield United, Mark Duffy and Caolan Lavery could return, following ankle and hamstring injuries respectively. Jake Wright is eligible for selection after recovering from a facial injury.


HeadToHead
Saturday’s match will be the 68th meeting between Charlton and Sheffield United.

The Addicks have won on 21 occasions, compared to the Blades’ 28, while there have also been 18 draws.

The two sides’ last meeting ended in a 1-1 draw at The Valley in November.

PreMatch
Charlton Manager Karl Robinson: “I can’t see Sheffield United being caught [at the top of the table]; not at all. Chris Wilder has done an amazing job there. They’re a hungry, young team that are supported by some older players – they added in January and have built up ahead of steam.

“It’s something that I’m jealous of because it is where we want to be. Saturday has got to be our mental picture and what we go into next season with. That’s where we want to be and to do what Sheffield United are doing now is our aim.”

Sheffield United Manager Chris Wilder:
“Karl [Robinson] is a very experienced, good manager. He has got a lot of good players, Charlton have been excellent against the top sides. It has been a difficult season for them but they have got some excellent players and a Manager that will be trying to get a good result for their football club come Saturday afternoon. It’s a challenge we’re looking forward to.”

RefWatch
Scott Duncan will officiate Saturday’s match at Bramall Lane.

So far this season, he has taken charge of 30 matches where he has brandished 87 yellow cards and nine reds.

Duncan last oversaw an Addicks encounter last month – our 3-3 draw away at Rochdale.

He will be supported by linesmen David Avent and Matthew McGrath and fourth official Ross Joyce. 

Coverage
Supporters can follow all the build-up to the game on Charlton's official Instagram account, official Twitter account, Facebook page official Snapchat account and on the CAFC Wall.

Live commentary of the clash will be available on the club’s Matchday Live service on CAFC PlayerHD.

Supporters can follow live updates and have your say by using the CAFC Wall. An in-depth match report and full match reaction will be available shortly after the final whistle, while supporters can watch extended, multi-angle highlights on CAFC PlayerHD.

Tickets
Tickets are on general sale and will be available to purchase on Saturday from the away ticket office using cash only. There is a £2 price increase on all age categories, so they are priced at £22 adults, £15 over 60s, £13 students and under 22s and £11 under 18s. We have sold around 530 tickets so far.