MATCH PREVIEW | Accrington Stanley v Charlton

Match preview

The race for the play-offs is hotting up as we approach the final three games of the regular league season, with the Addicks taking on Accrington Stanley in their final away trip of the campaign.

Tuesday's 96th-minute gut-punch from Crewe Alexandra prevented Charlton from gaining a firm foothold in the battle for a top-six place but, crucially, their fate remains in their own hands.

Nigel Adkins' men sit in eighth position, one point off Oxford United in seventh and two points off Portsmouth in sixth but with a game in hand on both, while Blackpool in fifth are four points away having played the same amount of games as the Addicks.

Charlton can take confidence from their form on the road having remained unbeaten in their last nine away games, with six of those games ending in victories. In total, the Addicks have won 12, drawn six and lost just four of their 22 games away from home.

Saturday's opponents are in 11th place in League One and will be hoping for a strong end to their season. John Coleman's men have won just one of their last six matches, but they dealt a handy blow to Portsmouth's own play-off hopes in midweek by netting a leveller deep into injury-time after Pompey had thought they had won the points with their own late strike.

Full information on how you can get your streaming pass for Saturday's game can be found below...

Team News

Diallang Jaiyesimi is the only player certain to miss out after picking up a hamstring injury last weekend.

Accrington will be without injured defender Ross Sykes.

Pre-match talk

Charlton boss Nigel Adkins: “I think at any time of the year since John Coleman has been in charge of Accrington Stanley, it’s never an easy game going there. Mentally, we’ve got to be bang on for it and we’ll be prepared. We’ve got to make sure we’re ready to go and compete because we’re going to have to."

Accrington boss John Coleman: “Charlton are a big club and, if they get it right, they can be a handful for anyone but I don’t think they will be looking forward to coming to our place.

“To anyone who thinks we might take our foot off the gas I would say underestimate us at your peril. We have got quite a few young lads who maybe the pressure to win games week in week out has been tough to take but the shackles are off.

Head-to-head

Charlton have met Accrington on five previous occasions in all competitions with the Addicks winning two, Stanley one and the other two games ending in draws.

The reverse fixture saw Accrington pick up a 2-0 win at The Valley in January. Charlton's only other league trip to the Wham Stadium resulted in a 1-1 draw in August 2018 with Karlan Grant netting for the visitors.

Match officials

Alan Young will be the man in the middle on Saturday. He has taken charge of 32 games this term, producing 135 yellow cards and three reds.

Now in his third season as an EFL official, this will be the first occasion he has refereed a Charlton fixture.

Young will be assisted by Stephen Wade and Geoffrey Liddle with Ian Smedley 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.

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.

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Live Coverage

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Supporters can read a full match report and reaction on cafc.co.uk shortly after full-time 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 Carl Leaburn 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 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.


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