MATCH PREVIEW | Portsmouth v Charlton

With three games to go, the race for the play-offs is hotting up and the Addicks’ clash with Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Saturday is set to be a scorcher.

Lee Bowyer’s men fired themselves into fifth place with a fantastic 2-0 victory at Shrewsbury Town in midweek and he will be hoping for more of the same on the south coast against a side who slipped to a 3-1 defeat at Bradford City last time out.

Just nine points are left up for grabs and this is a game which will play a huge part in shaping the top-six picture come the end of the season with just two points separating Charlton in fifth and Pompey in eighth. Hold on to your hats…

Bowyer confirmed that he had five players struggling with tight hamstrings following Tuesday’s trip to Shrewsbury, but remained hopeful ahead of Saturday. Meanwhile, Joe Aribo may miss out again after missing midweek’s game with a shin complaint.

Chris Solly and Billy Clarke both remain out for the season.

Portsmouth’s Matty Kennedy could return having missed his side’s last two games with an ankle injury, but Anton Walkes will remain sidelined.

Danny Rose is a long-term absentee with a broken leg, while former Addicks Tareiq Holmes-Dennis and Stephen Henderson are also still unavailable.

Saturday’s meeting will be Charlton’s 104th with Portsmouth, making the south-coast outfit our most frequent opposition in the club’s history.

Of the 103 clashes so far, the Addicks have come out on top 33 times, while Pompey have been victorious on 43 occasions, with the other 27 games ending in draws.

Charlton have not visited Fratton Park in a competitive fixture in over 11 years when Amdy Faye scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory in January 2007.

Indeed, the Addicks have won five of their last six league matches away at Portsmouth, stretching back to the 1997/98 season.

Mark Heywood will be the man in the middle on Saturday afternoon. In his 28 games so far this term, he has shown 113 yellow cards and three reds.

He has taken charge of two previous Charlton matches this season – the 1-1 draw at Doncaster Rovers in February and the goalless draw at home to Fleetwood Town last month.

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.

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The Addicks will have 2,438 fans at Fratton Park! No tickets will be available on the day of the game. Thank you for your fantastic support.

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