PREVIEW | Charlton vs Peterborough United

George Jones reports

Charlton’s busy festive period kicks-off on Saturday afternoon when they host Peterborough United at The Valley (3pm).

The encounter begins a 17-day period in which they will face five League One matches, including a trip to local rivals Millwall just before Christmas.

The Addicks should come into the weekend match-up with some confidence behind them. An injury and illness-hit squad performed admirably at fourth-placed Bradford City last weekend and, in midweek, a young side enjoyed some good spells in the Emirates FA Cup against Milton Keynes Dons.

What’s more, Charlton have only tasted defeat at The Valley twice in the league all season should they earn three points at the weekend, it would be their fifth win from last seven SE7 encounters.

The Posh, though, are likely to provide a difficult test. They currently sit sixth in the League One table and recorded a 5-2 win over Chesterfield in their last game.


The Addicks were dealt a blow in midweek with the news that Jason Pearce is set to spend three to four months on the sidelines with a groin injury. He joins Ricky Holmes, Chris Solly, Lee Novak and Ahmed Kashi on the treatment table.

For Peterborough, Marcus Maddison could return to their squad after an ankle ligament injury but Jack Baldwin will miss out with a knee problem.

Charlton have met Peterborough United 17 times in the past and have come out on top on nine occasions.

One of those victories came in the two clubs' most recent meeting, which was in August 2015. The Addicks, fielding their youngest ever XI, earned a 4-1 win in the Capital One Cup and - in the same game - netted their Goal of the Season for 2015/16 when Ahmed Kashi scored from the halfway line.

The Posh have recorded four wins against Charlton before, while there have also been four draws.

Charles Breakspear will take charge of Saturday’s encounter in SE7.

So far this season, he has overseen 21 matches – in five different competitions - where he has brandished 91 yellow cards and five reds.

Breakspear last officiated the Addicks in March of this year, for our goalless draw against Milton Keynes Dons.

He will be supported by linesmen Thomas Ramsey and Ian Fissenden, and fourth official Andrew Aylott.

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.
Tickets for Saturday’s game will remain available to buy in person right up until kick-off, and online until 1pm on the day of the encounter.

The match has been classified as an Addicks silver game and prices start at £17 adults, £14 adult disabled, £13 over 65s, £10 students, disabled concessions and under 18s, and £5 under 11s.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting The Valley’s ticket office in person, by calling 03330 14 44 44 or by going online. Please click here to visit our ticketing website.
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