MATCH PREVIEW | Accrington Stanley v Charlton

Accrington Stanley (a) match preview graphic

Charlton kick off the 2022/23 Sky Bet League One campaign against Accrington Stanley at the Wham Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

The opening day fixture marks the competitive start of the Ben Garner era following the Manager's appointment in June.

TEAM NEWS

Speaking in his Friday press conference, Garner confirmed summer signings Conor McGrandles and Jack Payne will both feature in Lancashire, though Mandela Egbo (knee) and Chuks Aneke (calf) will miss out.

The hosts will check on the fitness of central defenders Ryan Astley, Michael Nottingham and Jay Rich-Baghuelou ahead of Saturday’s clash, while Toby Savin and Rosaire Longelo are both suspended.

THE OPPOSITION

John Coleman’s side are entering their fifth consecutive campaign in League One, having earned a top-half finish last term, finishing 12th on 61 points.

John Coleman

Stanley have made seven summer signings to date with Shaun Whalley, Alhagi Touray Sisay, Matt Lowe, Mo Sangare and Enock Lusiama all joining Accy permanently, while Lukas Jensen and Astley have arrived on season-long loans from Burnley and Everton respectively.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Charlton and Accrington have squared off on eight previous occasions with the Addicks winning twice, Stanley thrice and the remaining three encounters resulting in draws.

The last meeting between the two sides came at the Wham Stadium in March, when Jayden Stockley’s early spot-kick was cancelled out by first-half strikes from Accrington’s Longelo and Tommy Leigh.

Scott Fraser at the Wham Stadium

MATCH OFFICIALS

Ben Speedie will be the man in the middle on Saturday afternoon. The official last refereed a Charlton fixture in December 2021 - a 2-0 triumph over Cambridge United in SE7.

Speedie will be assisted by Kevin Mulraine and Johnathon Bickerdike, while Ed Duckworth is the Fourth Official.

COLOURS

The Addicks will be sporting their brand-new black and blue third kit at the Wham Stadium.

Corey Blackett-Taylor in the Addicks' brand-new third shirt

OTHER INFO

Around 800 Addicks have snapped up tickets for the trip to Lancashire, with tickets available from the ground on the day at the following prices: Adult: £20 | Over 64/Student: £15 | U18: £10 | U12: £5. Click here to purchase your ticket.

Click here to view our away day guide.

Supporters outside of the UK and Ireland can watch every kick of Saturday’s action live on CharltonTV, with Alan Curbishley and Steve Brown joining 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 Terry Smith and Greg Stubley in the Lancashire gantry.

For more streaming information, please click here.

Read Time: 2 mins