MATCH PREVIEW | AFC Wimbledon v Charlton

Charlton will look to get back to winning ways and strengthen their grip on the play-offs when they visit AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday, with the club looking to maintain their unbeaten run under caretaker boss Lee Bowyer.

The Addicks battled to a point against Bristol Rovers on Saturday, keeping their grip on sixth spot in League One and a win would strengthen their play-off hopes.

Bowyer’s side will have to overcome the Dons, who claimed a solid point against play-off chasing Scunthorpe United on Saturday as they aim to avoid relegation to League Two.

Naby Sarr will be unavailable after picking up an ankle injury in training last Friday. He was on the bench on Saturday but Bowyer revealed he would have been unavailable to come on after limping out of the warm-up. Tariqe Fosu, who picked up a groin injury in the Easter Monday victory over Rotherham, Chris Solly, Jay Dasilva and long-term absentee Billy Clarke remain unavailable.

The home side have no fresh injury concerns and hope that Joe Pigott and Darius Charles will be available after being sidelined with concussion and a hip injury respectively.

Since their reformation of AFC Wimbledon in 2002, the Addicks and the Dons have faced each other four times. Charlton won 1-0 last October at The Valley thanks to a Ricky Holmes strike and the league fixture at Kingsmeadow last season ended in a 1-1 draw. 

Before their reformation, there were 16 match-ups between Charlton and Wimbledon. The Addicks won four times, which included the last time the two sides faced one another. A Martin Pringle strike and a Dean Blackwell own goal were enough for Alan Curbishley’s men to take all three points in a Premier League clash at The Valley in February 1999. 

The man in charge of this south London derby will be Craig Hicks. In the 34 games he has taken charge of so far this season, he has brandished 114 yellow cards and six red cards. 

The last time he took charge of a Charlton clash was the Checkatrade Trophy match against Fulham U21 in November, in which the Addicks ran out 3-2 winners. There were no cards shown.

He will be supported by linesman Andrew Williams and Nicholas Cooper, whilst Sam Lewis will be the fourth official. 

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

Live commentary of the clash will be available on Valley Pass exclusively for subscribers. Please click here for more information on how you can subscribe to Valley Pass and how you can purchase a 48-hour matchday pass, which is priced at just £4.

The Addicks will be backed by a vocal away end on Tuesday night and all of our allocation of tickets have sold out!

Article by Marcus Hogg

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