MATCH PREVIEW | Blackpool v Charlton

Charlton head to Bloomfield Road on Saturday in search of a fifth consecutive league victory as they look to consolidate their place in the League One play-off positions. 

Following last weekend’s cup exit, all eyes return to the target of promotion, looking to build on the spirited away win last time out at Burton Albion – a victory which secured maximum points from November and earned Lee Bowyer his well-deserved Manager of the Month accolade. 

Blackpool sit just outside the play-offs in eight position, three points behind the Addicks having played the same amount of games and were enjoying an impressive run of results themselves during November until falling to a 2-0 defeat at Doncaster Rovers in their last league outing. 

Jamie Ward is set for a few weeks on the sidelines having picked up a knock and will be unavailable at Bloomfield Road. 

He joins Darren Pratley and Lewis Page on the sidelines along with long-term absentees Josh Cullen, Igor Vetokele and Jake Forster-Caskey, although Ben Reeves is back in contention after returning in last week’s cup clash. 

Blackpool, meanwhile, have seen Ollie Turton and Callum Guy return to training this week, while Mark Cullen is also closing in a return as Tangerines boss Terry McPhillips hopes to enjoy a fully-fit squad to choose from. 

Charlton Manager Lee Bowyer: “We know it will be a heavy pitch. There will be grass on it, though, so we will still go there to pass the ball, be creative and to create chances in the final third.”

Blackpool Manager Terry McPhillips: “They’re a good side and they’re on a good run as well. They made a lot of changes for their last game in the cup and we’re expecting a really tough game.”

The Addicks have met the Seasiders on 62 previous occasions in which Charlton have 18 and Blackpool 29, with the remaining 15 games ending in draws. 

Blackpool came out in this fixture last season with Jimmy Ryan scoring a 90th-minute winner as the hosts claimed a 1-0 victory in March. 

Tony Harrington will be the man in the middle on Saturday. He has taken charge of 11 games so far this term, showing 39 yellow cards and just one red. 

He last refereed the Addicks at Rochdale on the final day of the 2017/18 season in May. 

Harrington will be assisted by Paul Hodskinson and Steven Meredith, while Martin Woods will be the Fourth Official. 

386 Addicks had purchased tickets before they went off sale on Thursday afternoon. Tickets are available from the ground on the day for cash only, priced:

Adult: £22

Over 60: £18

U18 and U11: £10

(U11 tickets are free when purchased alongside an adult)

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.

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