MATCH PREVIEW | Charlton v Blackpool

Charlton will continue their fight for promotion when they welcome eighth-placed Blackpool to The Valley on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

The Addicks are looking to get back to winning ways in Sky Bet League One and victory against the Tangerines will keep the team in the play-off positions. 

Terry McPhillips’ Blackpool, are unbeaten in their last six outings in the league and Lee Bowyer’s Charlton will have to be at their best to record what would be an important three points.

Tickets for the match are priced at just £5 each anywhere inside The Valley and you can purchase yours online by clicking here

Lyle Taylor and Patrick Bauer return from suspension for Charlton and Joe Aribo is back after a knee injury. Jason Pearce has returned from injury but will take part in an U23s game first to gain match fitness. 

Lewis Page, Albie Morgan and Jake Forster-Caskey are out through injury. 

For Blackpool, nine players are set to miss out through injury. Goalkeeper Myles Boney, Donervon Daniels, Marc Bola, Nick Anderton, Jimmy Ryan, Jay Spearing, Callum Guy, Max Clayton and Matthew Virtue.

Tickets for Saturday’s home game are on sale and they 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: “It was a hard game when we played them up there. They just went to Sunderland and got a draw, so they are a good side. They’ve got good players that can hurt you, so it is going to be a tough one but again it is up to us. I always believe when we go into a game, if we do the right things then we will win it.”

Blackpool boss Terry McPhillips: “I watched them at Fleetwood when our Accrington game was called off and they play football and play a diamond with two up front. I expect a harder game than they gave Fleetwood because they’ll be at home. They’ve got some good players, that’s for sure, but we’ll go down there and give them a match.”

Saturday’s game will be the 64th meeting between Charlton and Blackpool. The Addicks have won 18 of the previous encounters, while there have been 15 draws and the Seasiders have won 30.

Last season at The Valley, the two teams shared a 1-1 with Joe Aribo hitting the target for Charlton. 

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 five years to May 2014 when a hat-trick from Callum Harriott earned the Addicks a 3-0, final-day win at Bloomfield Road. 

Kevin Johnson will take charge of Saturday’s match at The Valley.

This season, he has overseen 26 matches – mostly in Leagues One and Two where he has issued a total of 76 yellow cards and 2 red cards. 

He will be supported by assistant referees Nicholas Cooper and Conor Farrell and fourth official Leigh Crowhurst. 

Academy graduate Dillon Phillips stars in Saturday’s programme as the club celebrates Academy Day for the visit of Blackpool.

The goalkeeper has been with the club since the age of eight and he sat down for a feature interview in which he discusses his long road through the academy, his memories of being part of an extremely successful U18 team and why this season’s experiences have made him a better goalkeeper.

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 Brighton & Hove Albion and Derby County and the late game between Newport County and Manchester City.

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. As well as a ‘sausage of the match’ – which changes every matchday – portions of chips will be on sale 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 - which is presented by ITRM - 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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