MATCH PREVIEW | Charlton v Barnsley

Following the international break, Charlton will hope to kick-start another run of victories when they host in-form Barnsley at The Valley on Saturday (3pm).

Prior to their last three league games, the Addicks had won four matches on the spin to lift themselves into the play-off places. Late defeats to Scunthorpe United and Coventry City, as well as a draw at Luton Town, since then has seen them drop out of the top six but they should be confident of a quick return to it.

Charlton’s last outing of course came in the Checkatrade Trophy and an incredible evening at Stevenage saw Lee Bowyer’s Addicks seal a club-record 8-0 win.

On Saturday, Charlton will come up against one of Sky Bet League One’s in-form teams. The Tykes – under the stewardship of German boss Daniel Stendel – sit third in the table.

Last time out, they overcame Luton 3-2 at Oakwell and, following relegation from the Championship in May, they will be determined to secure an instant return to the second tier.

Billy Clarke is edging closer to a first-team return. He is set to feature for the club’s U23s squad against Ipswich Town on Monday afternoon. Lewis Page, Patrick Bauer and Jake Forster-Caskey remain sidelined.

Barnsley could welcome back duo Adam Davies and Kenny Dougall after they missed last week’s win over Luton Town due to international commitments. Cauley Woodrow is out, as is fellow striker Keiffer Moore. Zeki Fryers and Lloyd Isgrove are both doubts.

Tickets for Saturday’s home game - which sees Kids For A Quid return to SE7 - remain on sale and prices start at:

Adult: £18

Over 65: £14

U21: £14

Adult ambulant disabled: £16

Over 65 ambulant disabled: £12

U21 ambulant disabled: £12

U18: £1

U11: £1

Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here or by calling 03330 14 44 44 up until 1pm on Saturday. They will remain on sale in person from The Valley right up until kick-off.

Charlton manager Lee Bowyer: “The break was a good thing, it recharged the batteries of those who weren’t on international duty. We’ve been working hard and had two weeks to prepare for the game. Barnsley are a good side, I’ve been watching them a lot over the last two weeks.”

Barnsley defender Ethan Pinnock: “We’re not too focussed on what other teams are doing; we’re trying to focus on ourselves and take it each game. People will be aware of our performances and how well we’re doing, but the main thing is to focus on ourselves and not worry too much on what’s going on elsewhere.”

Charlton and Barnsley are fairly evenly matched historically, with the Addicks having beaten the Tykes 18 times, and the Yorkshireman having beaten the south-east Londoners 16 times. There have also been 14 draws between the clubs.

Charlton’s last home victory over Barnsley came in 1999 but, since then, the Addicks have recorded their record league away win against the Tykes, a 6-0 thrashing in 2013.

For 2018/19's match previews, we are dipping into the Valley Pass archive to look back on a previous encounter against Charlton's opponents. This time, we wind the clock back to August 1999 when the Addicks kicked off a memorable season with a win over the Tykes...

James Linington will take charge of Saturday’s match against Barnsley at The Valley.

So far this season, he has overseen seven matches – four of which have come in the Sky Bet Championship – where he has brandished 19 yellow cards but no reds.

Linington oversaw the Addicks’ defeat to Peterborough United earlier this season where he awarded the Posh a controversial penalty late on.

On Saturday, Linington will be supported by linesmen Dean Treleaven and Robert Merchant and fourth official Geoffrey Russell.

The official matchday programme will be in safe hands on Saturday as Jed Steer stars as the main feature for the visit of Barnsley.

In his six-page interview, the goalkeeper on loan from Aston Villa discusses the season so far, the friendly competition for a place between the sticks between his fellow goalkeepers and why German custodian Manuel Neuer has proven to be a big inspiration to him.

Saturday's edition of Valley Review is priced at £3 and can be purchased from in and around The Valley.

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 before and after the game and supporters can purchase food and drinks in there.

On Saturday, the Fans’ Bar will be showing the early kick-off between Chelsea and Manchester United and late game between Huddersfield Town and Liverpool.

Saturday's Halloween-themed Family Activity Zone will be open between 1.15pm and 2.30pm, giving youngsters the chance to warm up for the game by playing FIFA, pool and table tennis.

Outside, youngsters can play in the FAZ’s football cage and practice their football shooting skills with the Community Trust’s inflatable target game.

On the East Street menu for Saturday is chilli con carne with rice, while the ‘sausage of the match’ is a frankfurter served with fried onions served a sub roll.

Portions of chips will be on sale too and, as a sweeter option, muffins and jam doughnuts will be available amongst other things.

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.

Please see below to view Saturday's matchday timetable.

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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