MATCH PREVIEW | Charlton v Fleetwood Town

Match preview

Charlton return to Sky Bet League One action at The Valley for the first time in three weeks on Saturday afternoon (3pm) when Fleetwood Town visit the capital.

The Addicks will be seeking a return to winning ways having now gone four league games without tasting victory - three of which have come on the road.

TEAM NEWS

Conor Washington (hamstring) will be assessed ahead of Saturday’s encounter having missed last weekend’s trip to Cheltenham Town, though Jackson will be without the services of Sam Lavelle (groin), Jake Forster-Caskey (ACL), and Jayden Stockley (hip).

New arrival Juan Castillo will take his first full training session as an Addick at Sparrows Lane on Friday and will be available for a possible inclusion in the matchday squad.

Long-term absentees Brad Halliday, Harrison Holgate, Darnell Johnson and Jordan Rossiter remain sidelined for the visitors, while forwards Ged Garner and Joe Garner are also injury doubts.

THE OPPOSITION

The Cod Army have enjoyed an upturn in form of late under head coach Stephen Crainey, who has steered the Lancashire side out of the relegation zone with four triumphs in their last six outings in the third-tier.

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Crainey’s men travel to SE7 on the back of a dramatic 1-0 victory over then league leaders Rotherham United last weekend, with substitute Anthony Pilkington poking home the all-important winner deep into stoppage-time.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Charlton and Fleetwood have squared off on nine previous occasions with the Addicks winning three, the Cod Army one and the remaining five fixtures resulting in draws.

The Addicks won October’s reverse fixture at Highbury Stadium 2-1, substitute Stockley emerging from the bench to claim all three points on 69 minutes after Danny Andrew had cancelled out Jonathan Leko’s opener.

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MATCH OFFICIALS

Brett Huxtable will control proceedings on Saturday afternoon. The official last refereed a Charlton fixture in February 2021 - a 3-0 reverse against Blackpool in SE7.

Huxtable will be assisted by Stephen Finch and Louis Marks, while James Vallance is the Fourth Official.

OTHER INFO

Season-ticket holders can take advantage of a buy one, get one free offer to bring friends and family to the game. Click here to get your tickets.

As always, fans are encouraged to arrive at the ground early to allow extra time to enter the stadium and ease congestion at the turnstiles.

Following the pre-Christmas updates from the government and EFL, COVID guidelines will be in place for games at The Valley. Please click here for more information.

The Fans’ Bar will be opening its doors to supporters from 12pm and will be showing Everton v Aston Villa (12.30pm) and Southampton v Manchester City (5.30pm), as well as the CharltonTV pre-game show from 2.15pm and the CharltonTV post-game show.

Supporters outside of the UK and Ireland can watch every kick of action live on CharltonTV, with former Addicks forward Jim Melrose starring alongside Alan Curbishley and host Scott Minto in the CharltonTV studio, presented by DNEL Ltd.

Meanwhile, audio commentary of the game is available for CharltonTV subscribers in the UK and Ireland, with Steve Brown joining Terry Smith and Greg Stubley in the gantry.

For more streaming information, please click here.

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, while the other half goes to the two winners of a cash prize.

Click here to be in with a chance of winning up to £2,000.

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