MATCH PREVIEW | Charlton v Accrington Stanley

Charlton will be eyeing Sky Bet League One home victory number 10 of 2018/19 when they host Accrington Stanley on Saturday (3pm). 

The Addicks have been in excellent form in SE7 all season and have already claimed maximum points against Shrewsbury Town, Wycombe Wanderers, Plymouth Argyle, Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers, Bristol Rovers, AFC Wimbledon, Gillingham and Walsall.

Their impressive home record is bettered only by Luton Town in the third tier and Lee Bowyer’s squad will be targeting another victory at the weekend, as they continue their push for promotion.

In Accrington, they will come up against a side who have adapted well to League One life, following promotion last season. John Coleman’s men have earned five victories away from home this season, though they come into Saturday’s game winless in three.

The weekend sees Charlton’s Kids For A Quid ticket initiative return to The Valley – with all U18 tickets priced at just £1 each – and seats can be purchased online by clicking here.

Lee Bowyer could welcome Josh Cullen and Ben Reeves back into his squad, with the duo both having recovered from injury. 

Captain Jason Pearce, Lewis Page, Joe Aribo, Igor Vetokele and Jake Forster-Caskey remain sidelined. 

For Accrington, goalkeeper Jonny Maxted is expected to be fit following illness and new signing Janoi Donacien could also feature. 

Tickets for Saturday’s home game are on sale. The match sees the club’s Kids For A Quid ticket initiative return and full pricing information is available to view below.

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 boss Lee Bowyer: “Accrington have done well this season. I have watched the game back when we played them away from home and it was tough. Every time we went past someone, they brought us down. There were a lot of fouls committed, so it’s going to be physical and we need to be ready for that and to match that.”

Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman: “I watched Charlton’s last two games and they were two totally different styles, against Shrewsbury and Sunderland. They are a handful, they have good strikers and it’s up to us to come up with a plan to beat them.”

Saturday’s game will only be the fourth ever meeting between Charlton and Accrington Stanley. The most recent meeting between the clubs came earlier this season when the points were shared at the Wham Stadium. 

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 have to look back to earlier this season as it is our only other previous meeting against Stanley, other than two FA Cup matches in 1924!

John Busby will take charge of Saturday’s match at The Valley.

So far this season, he has overseen 28 matches where he has brandished 61 yellow cards and three reds.

Busby took charge of the Addicks earlier in 2018/19, for the Carabao Cup match against Milton Keynes Dons in August.

He will be supported by assistant referees Carl Fitch-Jackson and Daniel Cook and fourth official David Rock. 

Centre-back Naby Sarr stars in Saturday’s edition of Valley Review. 

The Frenchman – who is impressing at the heart of defence – discusses the positive feel around the squad, how life in England has changed for him and how Charlton’s supporters are now right behind him. 

Saturday’s edition of Valley Review is priced at £3 and can be purchased from in and around The Valley. To read more about Saturday's programme, please click here.

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 Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City and the late game between Arsenal and Chelsea.

Saturday's 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.

A number of options will be available on the East Street menu for Saturday, including a Philly beef sub roll. The ‘sausage of the match’ is a jumbo pork and chilli sausage 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.

All EFL clubs have been provided with the below information.

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