MATCH PREVIEW | Rochdale v Charlton

Charlton will conclude a busy week by making the long trip to Rochdale in Sky Bet League One on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

The Addicks put in their performance of season so far last weekend to overcome high-flying Barnsley and, in midweek, Lee Bowyer’s boys added another point to their league tally by drawing with Oxford United.

Charlton were not at their fluid best against the U’s and they will be hoping to make it seven points from a possible nine when they take on Dale.

Rochdale themselves earned a good win last weekend, overcoming Bradford City 2-0, but were disappointed in midweek when they fell to a 3-0 defeat against Wycombe Wanderers.

Dale sit 17th in the early-season league table and three points for Charlton at the weekend could move the south-east Londoners back into the top six.

Krystian Bielik and Igor Vetokele are both back in contention for Charlton, having returned to training this week.

Patrick Bauer is now out of his knee brace but requires a few more weeks of rehabilitation before he can return and Billy Clarke is again set to feature for the Addicks’ U23s on Friday. Lewis Page and Jake Forster-Caskey remains sidelined.

For Rochdale, goalkeeper Magnus Norman could return after serving a three-match suspension. Norman’s suspension ended on Saturday but he did not start against Wycombe in midweek.

Over 400 Addicks have already purchased tickets for Saturday’s game at the Crown Oil Arena. Tickets will be on sale on the day of the game and can be purchased using either cash from the turnstiles or card from the ticket office.

For more information on matchday sales at Rochdale, please click here.

Charlton Manager Lee Bowyer: “I would have preferred the six [points this week] but, looking at it positively, we didn’t really play well [against Oxford] so a draw was probably fair. It was disappointing because of how well we did on the Saturday against Barnsley.”

Rochdale Manager Keith Hill: “Saturday is another big game, like every game is. I’m looking for consistency in performance. It was disappointing [against Wycombe on Tuesday] that we failed to kick on from Saturday’s performance and Saturday’s vigour, passion and willingness to stop the opponent scoring.”

Charlton hold the edge over Rochdale historically, having won nine times against Dale compared to their four victories. There have also been three draws.

Last season, the two clubs met on the final day of the season in a game that saw the Addicks seal their spot in the play-offs and Rochdale secure League One survival.

Andy Haines will take charge of Saturday’s match at the Crown Oil Arena.

So far this season, he has overseen 12 matches where he has dished out 41 yellow cards and three reds.

Haines most recently officiated the Addicks in January 2018, for the club’s Checkatrade Trophy clash against Oxford United at The Valley.

He will be supported by linesmen Wayne Grunnill and Hristo Karaivanov and fourth official Paul Newhouse.

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.

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