CHECKATRADE TROPHY PREVIEW | Charlton v Swansea City U21

Charlton could progress to the knockout stages of the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night, with this evening’s clash against Swansea City U21 rounding off their Southern Group G matches.

Lee Bowyer’s side are currently placed second in the table – behind AFC Wimbledon – and a win or a draw would see the Addicks win the group.

A defeat in 90 minutes will see Charlton eliminated, with Swansea and AFC Wimbledon progressing to the next round.

Tonight’s game will be the Addicks’ second in just over 48 hours. Bowyer’s squad contested a 1-1 draw at Mansfield in the Emirates FA Cup on Sunday and they will have to call on their energy reserves against the youthful Swans.

Lee Bowyer is expected to name a similar squad to the one that travelled to Mansfield Town on Sunday. Jamie Ward has headed off on international duty, so won’t be involved, and Lyle Taylor and Krystian Bielik are also away with their respective nations.

The game comes too soon for Patrick Bauer, who has just resumed full training, but Billy Clarke could be involved again. Josh Cullen, Igor Vetokele, Lewis Page and Jake Forster-Caskey remain sidelined.

Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here or by calling 03330 14 44 44 up until 5.45pm on Tuesday. They will remain on sale in person from The Valley right up until kick-off.

Charlton's Billy Clarke: “I’ve been training for quite a bit now. I’ve played some U23s games but they’re obviously nowhere near the speed of a first-team game. There’s an extra couple of games now that I’ll be looking to get involved in and every minute helps me to where I want to get to.

Swansea's Oli Cooper: “We’re on a good run of form, the team are in high spirits and we’re feeling confident. We just need to take that into the game.”

Charlton and Swansea U21 met in the first knockout round of last season’s Checkatrade Trophy. Two goals from Reeco Hackett-Fairchild and a strike from Karlan Grant earned the Addicks a 3-2 victory.

Highlights of that match are available to watch for FREE on Valley Pass. Simply register to watch.

Charles Breakspear will take charge of Tuesday’s Southern Group G clash.

So far this season, he has officiated 18 games where he has brandished 58 yellow cards and nine reds.

Breakspear last oversaw a Charlton match in August 2017; the Addicks’ home match against Wigan Athletic.

He will be supported on Tuesday by linesmen Marc Wilson and Michael Webb and fourth official Rob Smith.

Tuesday’s edition of Valley Review is priced at just 50p and can be purchased from the Valley Superstore.

Featuring academy graduate Taylor Maloney on the cover, the matchday programme includes Lee Bowyer’s latest notes as well as the most recent news from SE7.

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.

Fans are 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.

The Valley's ticket office and the Valley Superstore will both be closed after tonight's game.

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