CARABAO CUP PREVIEW | Exeter City v Charlton

Charlton are in cup action for the first time in 2017/18 as they take on Exeter City in the first round of the Carabao Cup at St James Park on Tuesday evening (7.45pm).

The Addicks will be hoping to build on the opening-day victory over Bristol Rovers, although Karl Robinson made no secret of his wish to make a number of changes to his starting XI for the clash against the Grecians. 

As well as Lee Novak serving the first of his three-match ban, Charlton are expected to rest a number of key players ahead of the return to league action at the weekend as they make a swift return to Devon to face Plymouth Argyle on Saturday. 


Novak is unavailable following his straight red card at The Valley against Bristol Rovers, while Josh Magennis will remain sidelined as he continued to recover from a knee complaint. 

Harry Lennon (groin) and Lewis Page (hamstring) remain long-term absentees, although Joe Aribo is nearing a return to full fitness and could be involved on Tuesday evening. 

Meanwhile, the cup fixture could provide the perfect opportunity for Ben Reeves to make his Charlton bow and could be in line to start for the first time since his arrival last Thursday.


Charlton and Exeter have met on 31 previous occasions in all competitions, with the Addicks coming out on top in 14 of those encounters, with Exeter winning 11, while the remaining six have ended in draws. 

This is the first time the two sides have met in the League Cup, but they have shared one cup clash before in 2003 when Charlton beat the Devon outfit 3-1 in the third round of the FA Cup at The Valley. 

The Addcks’ last trip to St James Park saw Danny Green score the only goal in a 1-0 victory in January, 2012. 


Tim Robinson takes charge of proceedings on Tuesday evening. 

The referee officiated 44 games in total last term, producing 185 yellow cards and nine red. 

He refereed Charlton on two occasions in 2016/17 – the 3-0 defeat at Swindon Town in November and the 1-1 draw with Fleetwood Town in SE7 in February in which Nathan Byrne was shown a 90th-minute red card. 


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

Live commentary of the clash will be available on Valley Pass exclusive to subscribers. Click here for more information on how you can subscribe to Valley Pass.


Tickets will be available from St James Park on the night priced: 

Adult: £22

Over 64s: £19

Students (valid ID): £19

U18s: £9.50

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