PREVIEW | Millwall v Charlton

George Jones reports

Charlton will be hoping to bring their long winless run against Millwall to an end tonight when they face the Lions at The Den (7.45pm).

Although there was a 14-year gap in which the two sides did not face one another between 1996 and 2009, it is more than 20 years since the Addicks last overcame their south London rivals.

Their last win came in the 1995/96 season and Charlton did the double over Millwall that campaign. The victory in South Bermondsey - a 2-0 success - came on a cold night in December and Karl Robinson’s side will be intent on making history repeat itself this evening.

Millwall suffered a 3-0 defeat at Scunthorpe United at the weekend, while the Addicks were beaten 2-0 by Peterborough United. On the road, Charlton have only tasted defeat twice all season and, having performed so well at Bradford City in their last match away from home, they’ll be confident of ending their 20-year hoodoo tonight.


Charlton still have a lengthy injury list and will be without a number of first-team stars tonight. Declan Rudd is out with a hip problem, Jason Pearce has a groin injury, Chris Solly and Lee Novak have knee injuries, Ricky Holmes a foot injury and Ahmed Kashi has an Achilles injury.

Millwall, meanwhile, will be close to full strength. Byron Webster is rated at 50/50 after an injury, while Shaun Hutchinson and Steve Morison could both come back into the XI. Harry Smith is also available following a bereavement.

Charlton’s record against Millwall is not the greatest and is something that the Addicks will hope to improve tonight.

In total, the Lions have come out on top 34 times to Charlton’s 11, while there have also been 25 draws between the two clubs.

Millwall beat 10-man Charlton 2-1 in our last meeting. The Addicks, a man light after Chris Solly’s 28th-minute red card, went in front through Alou Diarra’s goal but the home side turn in around late on through strikes from Magaye Gueye and Jos Hooiveld. 

Christopher Kavanagh will take charge of tonight’s local derby.

So far this season, he has overseen 19 matches where he has brandished 70 yellow cards but no reds. His last game was the east midlands derby between Derby County and Nottingham Forest.

Kavanagh last oversaw the Addicks for our Emirates FA Cup tie at Colchester United in 2015/16.

He will be supported by linesmen Matt Foley and Mark Pottage, and fourth official Keith Stroud. 

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.
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