MATCH PREVIEW | Charlton v Blackpool

Match preview

The Addicks return to action at The Valley on Saturday as Blackpool head to the capital (3pm).

A second home game in four days provides Lee Bowyer's men with another chance to rectify their Valley woes having now gone seven games without tasting victory in SE7.

And with four of Charlton's six games to be played at The Valley, three points against the Seasiders would be the perfect tonic as the Addicks look to get their season back on track.

Blackpool head to London in form with four victories and one defeat in their last five. They currently sit 14th in League One, with 12 wins, four draws and 10 defeats from their 26 games, leaving them on 40 points.

Team News

Ryan Inniss remains sidelined, as does Jake Forster-Caskey, who is still nursing his hamstring strain. Alex Gilbey will also miss out with a similar hamstring complaint.

Young stopper Ashley Maynard-Brewer will again be forced to miss out on the matchday squad as he continues to follow the concussion protocol having suffered two separate concussions over the last month.

The Seasiders are still without long-term absentees Keshi Anderson, Marvin Ekpiteta and Dan Gretarsson. CJ Hamilton is continuing his recovery and returned to full training earlier this week.

Pre-match talk

Charlton Boss Lee Bowyer: ““We need a bit of luck to go our way. People say you have to earn it, maybe that’s true. We just have to keep doing the right things and maybe things will go our way."

Blackpool boss Neil Critchley: [Following Portsmouth victory] “It’s a nice three points, it shows what we’re capable of and it should give us a real lift and some confidence.

But we can’t become complacent. We have to recover and get ready for a another important game.”

Head-to-head

Charlton and Blackpool have met on 65 previous occasions with the Addicks winning 19, the Seasiders 30 and the remaining 16 ending in draws.

Lee Bowyer's men won the reverse fixture 1-0 in October thanks to Chuks Aneke's last header. The last four meetings at The Valley have all ended in draws, with the last being a goalless affair in February 2019.

Charlton's last home victory over the Seasiders came in January 2013, with Johnnie Jackson and Scott Wagstaff finding the net in a 2-1 win.

Match officials

Brett Hextable will be the man in the middle on Saturday. He has taken charge of 23 games this season, handing out 75 yellow cards and one red.

He last refereed the Addicks for the 3-1 Carabao Cup victory at Swindon Town in September.

Andrew Laver and Samuel Ogles will be his assistants, with Kevin Howick as the Fourth Official.

Other info

The match will be played behind closed doors and supporters are reminded to maintain social distancing guidelines and to stay away from the stadium when the match is taking place.

The February edition of Valley Review is now available to purchase online. The magazine covers all three of the Addicks' home fixtures in January and features an interview with Liam Millar. Click here to purchase.

Supporters can buy Valley Gold Jackpot Tickets online for the fixture. For every £1 spent on a Jackpot ticket, half goes to the club's academy to help produce the stars of the future on the pitch. The other half goes to the two winners of a cash prize.

Click here for your chance to win up to £2,000.

Live Coverage

Supporters can follow all the build-up to the game on Charlton's official Instagram account, official Twitter account and Facebook page as usual.

Charlton’s live matchday streaming service has received a major overhaul with the introduction of Valley Pass Live, a new multi-camera show hosted by Scott Minto. He will be joined by guest pundits Alan Curbishley and Kevin Lisbie for the broadcast which begins at 2.15pm.

Supporters will be able to watch Charlton league games this season on Valley Pass Live. All league games, except those selected for UK or international broadcast, will be available to purchase with a match pass which costs £10 in the UK and Ireland and internationally.

Supporters living abroad can purchase a season live video pass for £195, which will give them access to every game the club is allowed to stream internationally during the 2020/21 season.

Supporters who are yet to purchase a pass for Saturday's game can do so here.

Meanwhile, live audio commentary of the game will be available to Valley Pass subscribers in all countries as usual.

Share this News