PREVIEW | Charlton v Scunthorpe United

The six-pointers keep on coming as Charlton host Scunthorpe United at The Valley on Saturday, hoping to strengthen their top-six spot.

Lee Bowyer suffered his first defeat as Caretaker Manager at AFC Wimbledon in midweek, but his side will be determined to bounce back and show their play-off credentials against a side who have top-six aspirations of their own.

The Iron sit in ninth, just a point behind the coveted sixth spot which the Addicks occupy, but they head to SE7 without a win in their last 10 outings, drawing seven and losing three.

Tuesday’s defeat, meanwhile, was Bowyer’s men’s first defeat in six games, with three wins and two draws coming before that.

Charlton have no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday, but will still be without Naby Sarr, Chris Solly and long-term absentee Billy Clarke.

Tariqe Fosu and Ahmed Kashi are expected to begin training with the group again soon, but the clash against Scunthorpe will likely come far too soon for the duo.

Scunthorpe are expected to welcome back Funso Ojo after he missing out against Wimbledon last weekend, while Luke Williams is also available after recovering from an illness.

Jonathon Margetts remains their only long-term injury concern.

Charlton have gone head-to-head with Scunthorpe on a total of 23 occasions, with the Addicks winning seven games, the Iron six and the remaining 10 ending in draws.

The last meeting resulted in a 2-0 victory for Scunthorpe in the reverse fixture in November, while Charlton came out on top at the last fixture between the sides in SE7 in March 2017. Tony Watt’s 90th-minute penalty proved to be the difference in a 2-1 win, with Johnnie Jackson netting in the first half.

Graham Salisbury will take charge of Saturday’s encounter. He has refereed 35 games so far this term, brandishing 143 yellow cards and 13 red. Eight of those red cards have come in his last 10 games.

He last officiated the Addicks during the 1-0 defeat at Gillingham in September.

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 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.

Tickets for the match are still on sale and can be purchased in person from The Valley, by phone or by going online. Ticket prices start at:

Adults: £17

Adult Disabled: £14

Over 65s: £11

U21s Disabled: £11

Students: £10

U18s: £7

U11s: £3

Tickets can be purchased online or by phone up until 1pm on matchday, and right up until kick-off in person. You can purchase yours online by clicking here

The North Stand’s free entry supporters’ bar will be open as usual, with its doors opening from 12pm. 

All season ticket holders and Charlton fans with match tickets are welcome to visit the Fans’ Bar and supporters can purchase food and drinks in there.

On Saturday, slow-cooked roast beef served in a sour dough bap with English mustard will be available to buy. 

Jumbo pork and chilli sausage in a torpedo roll with fried onions will also be on offer, as well as spicy-coated chicken tenders with sweet chilli dip and chicken and mushroom pie.

You can find out more about the bar by clicking here

Monday's Family Activity Zone will be open as normal between 1.15pm and 2.30pm, giving youngsters the chance to warm up for the game by playing FIFA, pool and table tennis. As well as that, the FAZ's new outdoor football cage will also be available to use again.

Saturday's game is Upbeats Day at The Valley, celebrating the Community Trust's popular Down's syndrome programme. The annual Upbeats Walk will be arriving at The Valley at around 1pm before the Upbeats take to the field to take on a combined team from Brighton & Hove Albion and Northampton Town at around 1.30pm.

Supporters are reminded that they can connect to The Valley’s FREE stadium wifi during the game. Named ‘FREE FAN WI-FI’, supporters can use their smart phones and/or tablets to connect to it during the match and, once linked up, we’d encourage everyone to post their pictures on social media using the hashtag #cafc. 

Fans are also advised to arrive at The Valley in good time, and to plan their journeys in advance, in order to avoid long queues when buying tickets and entering the ground. Searches will be taking place at the turnstiles due to heightened security in the capital at this time.

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