MATCH PREVIEW | Sunderland v Charlton

The wait for the start of the new League One season finally ends on Saturday when the Addicks travel to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland in what promises to be an intriguing affair (12.30pm).

With both sides seen as early contenders for promotion this season, Charlton will want to hit the ground running and lay down an early marker come Saturday lunchtime.

Meanwhile, it’s all change for the Black Cats. A Premier League side 18 months ago, struggles on the pitch have resulted in back-to-back relegations.

But with a new manager at the helm in Jack Ross, fans will be expecting a season of success as they try to climb back up the footballing ladder.

Both sides will have to contend with injury worries ahead of the opening fixture, with Lee Bowyer already confirming that he is without a few key players.

New signings Lyle Taylor and Darren Pratley are doubtful and are set to miss the game, while Ben Reeves, Billy Clarke, Tariqe Fosu are definitely sidelined with injuries.

Sunderland have the same issue too. New signings Tom Flanagan and Reece James are out, while Dylan McGeouch is a doubt with a calf problem.

The injuries don’t stop there for the Black Cats, with Aiden McGeady, Duncan Watmore and recent new signing Charlie Wyke all unavailable for the clash too.

Saturday’s meeting between the two clubs is the first in 12 seasons, with Charlton unbeaten in their last six match-ups.

Fans of both sides will undoubtedly remember the classic Division One play-off final in 1998, in which the Addicks prevailed 7-6 on penalties. Highlights of the match are available to watch on Valley Pass.

Saturday will be the 76th meeting between the two sides, with Charlton edging out 28 wins to 26 of Sunderland, while there have been 21 draws in total.

With John Brooks the man in the middle for kick off, fans can perhaps expect to see a couple of bookings for both sides. Last season, Brooks brandished 149 yellows and six reds in 51 games officiated.

You have to go back to last November and the Addicks’ 2-2 draw at home to Peterborough United for when Brooks was last in charge of a Charlton game.

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.

Seats will be on sale from the Stadium of Light and Addicks fans will be able to purchase from turnstile 71 after 11am. Tickets are priced at:

Adult: £20

Over 65: £17.50

U22: £12.50

U16: £7.50

Charlton season tickets remain on sale. Adult tickets begin at just £200 – equating to £8.70 per league match (if purchased before our first home game) – and U11s are completely free in the Family Stand when bought alongside a full-paying adult, as has been the case for the last two seasons. To purchase your season ticket online, please click here.

For more information on season tickets and details about pricing, please click here.

Match tickets are available for our first home match of the season - against Shrewsbury Town - and can be purchased here.

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