PREVIEW | Bradford City v Charlton

George Jones reports

Karl Robinson’s first away match in charge of Charlton sees him take them 228 miles north to face high-flying Bradford City at the Northern Commercials Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

A victory could lift the Londoners into the top six and to within five points of the Bantams, while also having a game in hand.

Robinson’s first Addicks encounter came against his former club, Milton Keynes Dons, in the Emirates FA Cup second round last Saturday. That ended in a goalless draw – with the replay set to take place on Tuesday night – and Charlton will travel to Yorkshire with a number of bodies left behind the club’s treatment room.

At least five first-teamers, including Ademola Lookman and Morgan Fox, who have fallen ill, will be absent for the weekend clash, though boss Robinson hopes to have numbers back in the coming weeks.

Bradford are sure to provide a stern test. Currently fourth in the League One table, the Bantams have yet to taste defeat at home this season.


The Addicks had some positive news yesterday when Karl Robinson told the media that he hopes to have some of our injured players back in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, though, the squad remains injury hit. Ricky Holmes, Chris Solly and Declan Rudd remain out, while Johnnie Jackson is a doubt. Ahmed Kashi remains sidelined.

On top of that, Ademola Lookman and Morgan Fox have both contracted an illness and will not travel with the squad to Yorkshire.

For Bradford, striker Billy Clarke will be absent with a calf injury. Tony McMahon could make his return to league action, having been absent since August.

Saturday’s match will be the 23rd between Charlton and Bradford and the two clubs’ first match-up in more than 15 years.

Charlton have earned seven victories against the Bantams in the past, while there have also been four draws.

Mark Haywood will take charge of Saturday’s match at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

So far this season, he has officiated 18 matches where he has brandished 56 yellow cards and four reds.

Haywood was last in charge of the Addicks earlier this season for our 1-1 draw away at Gillingham. He awarded us two penalties in that match.

He will be supported by linesmen Barry Gordon and Barry Cropp and fourth official Martin Coy.

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

Live commentary of the clash will be available on the club’s Matchday Live service on CAFC PlayerHD.

Supporters can follow live updates and have your say by using the CAFC Wall. An in-depth match report and full match reaction will be available shortly after the final whistle, while supporters can watch extended, multi-angle highlights on CAFC PlayerHD.
Supporters planning a last-minute trip to Bradford City on Saturday will be able to buy on the day at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

We have sold 539 tickets in advance for the League One clash, which kick-off at 3pm, and fans still thinking about heading to Yorkshire will be able to gain admission by using cash only on the turnstiles.

Tickets are priced at £25 adults – a five-pound increase on the advanced price – while over 60s and students remain at £15, under 16s £10 and under 11s £5.
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