CARABAO CUP PREVIEW | Walsall v Charlton

Walsall preview

The Addicks are in Carabao Cup action on Tuesday evening as Ben Garner's side visit Walsall in the Second Round.

Charlton beat Championship side, Queens Park Rangers, at The Valley on penalties in the First Round and will be looking for another win against Michael Flynn's outfit at the Poundland Bescott Stadium.

Due to broadcast rules, the club aren’t allowed to stream Tuesday’s game. Supporters can listen to live commentary on CharltonTV, click here to purchase your pass.


Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Monday, Garner confirmed he would rotate some members of his team for Tuesday's game. 

The Addicks are expected to be without Corey Blackett-Taylor, who went for a scan yesterday after picking up an injury in Saturday's game against Cambridge United. Conor McGrandles, Steven Sessegnon, Chuks Aneke and Mandela Egbo are also set to miss the game through injury.

Garner acknowledged Walsall have injury concerns of their own. Conor Wilkinson, Joss Labadie, Liam Gordon, Oisin McEntee and Joe Riley are all set to miss the game for the home side.


Walsall secured a spot in the Second Round with a 2-0 win at home to Ben Garner's former side Swindon Town. Former Addicks academy player, Timmy Abraham, scored his first Walsall goal that day as the home side benefitted from the 77th minute sending off of Harrison Minturn.

Michael Flynn's side started off their League Two campaign with wins against Hartlepool United and Newport County but have taken two points from their last three games. 


Charlton have played the Sadlers 36 times, with the Addicks coming out on top on 18 occasions. There have been eight drawn games, with Walsall winning 10 of the match-ups. 

The two sides last met in January 2019 at The Valley, with Lee Bowyer's side coming out 2-1 victors. Karlan Grant and Lyle Taylor scored that day against a Walsall team captained by current Addick George Dobson.

The last game between the two teams in Walsall saw Charlton win 2-0 with Taylor and Krystian Bielik finding the net.


Oliver Yates will referee Tuesday evening's game, the first time he has officiated a Charlton match since 2020.

Yates will be assisted by Kevin Howick and Grant Taylor with Will Finnie as the Fourth Official.


The Addicks will be in the club's away kit for the first time this season.

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