PREVIEW | Charlton v Bradford City

Charlton’s injury list was lengthened on Saturday when Ezri Konsa picked up an ankle problem at the beginning of the second half. He is unlikely to feature tonight and joins a number of other first-teamers in the treatment room.

Josh Magennis (hamstring), Chris Solly (calf), Jake Forster-Caskey (hamstring), Roger Johnson (knee), Jordan Botaka (calf) and Ahmed Kashi (Achilles) all look set to remain sidelined. Joe Aribo is also a doubt for tonight but Harry Lennon and Jason Pearce are nearing a return to full fitness.

For Bradford, striker Alex Jones is rated at “50-50” after suffering a dead leg against Coventry City on Saturday. Alex Gillead is out with a hamstring injury and Nicky Law remains out with a knee injury.

Charlton and Bradford City have face each other 23 times in the past.

The Addicks have come out on top seven times, with the Bantams winning on 11 occasions. There have also been five draws.

The two sides’ last Valley encounter came in November 2000, a match that Charlton won 2-0 thanks to goals from Graham Stuart and Jonatan Johansson.

Charlton Manager Karl Robinson: “Where we are at the moment, there is a lot of physical and mental fatigue and everyone could sense that on Saturday but it is about the self-belief and self-confidence we have to drive ourselves over the line. You look at our three home fixtures, one team was third, one team was eighth and one team is fourth – they are challenging and demanding games but we’ve got to make sure we perform to the best of our ability as we’ve got a duty of care to our fans that come and support us.”

Bradford City Manager Stuart McCall: “I think a lot of people tipped Charlton to have a good season this year, their league position certainly doesn't reflect the quality they have within their squad. We will be wary of their strengths but, as always, keen to focus mainly on ourselves. We have some good momentum at the moment - it is all about finding a way to win at this stage of the season.”

James Linington will take charge of tonight’s match in SE7.

So far this season, he has overseen 27 matches – the majority of which have come in the Championship – where he has brandished 120 yellow cards and three reds.

Linington last officiated the Addicks for our Checkatrade Trophy group match against Crawley Town in October.

He will be supported by linesmen Adam Crysell and Daniel Robathan and fourth official Darren England.

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 tonight’s match remain on sale. It has been classified as an Addicks silver game and ticket prices start at £17 adults, £14 adult disabled, £13 over 65s, £10 students, disabled concessions and U18s, and £5 U11s.

Tickets for the match can be purchased in person from the Valley Superstore, from the Ticket Office on the night of the game, by calling 03330 14 44 44 or by going online. Please click here to visit our ticketing website.

The Charlton Club Crossbar Challenge prize fund will stand at £8,000 tonight.

The half-time competition, which launched earlier this season, began with a £500 jackpot and rolls over by an additional £500 every time it is not hit.

The challenge is open to jackpot ticket purchasers* and all members of Valley Gold – the sponsors of the event – who will automatically be entered into the draw. They are tasked with striking the crossbar from the edge of the D (22 yards out) in just one shot.

Please click here for more information
on the Crossbar Challenge

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