MATCH PREVIEW | Charlton v Scunthorpe United

Charlton will be looking to get back on track against Scunthorpe United on Monday afternoon as the Addicks host Scunthorpe United at The Valley (3pm).

The Easter Monday clash provides Lee Bowyer's side the opportunity to return to winning ways after a frustrating trip to Oxford United on Saturday which resulted in the Addicks' 11-match unbeaten run coming to an end, making the dream of an automatic promotion berth become more distant with three games remaining.

Regardless of that 2-1 loss, the hosts come into the game boasting a 16-match unbeaten run at home, stretching back to early October, with just two league defeats to their name in total in 2019.

Scunthorpe, meanwhile, come to SE7 embroiled in a relegation dog fight as they perch just one point and one position above the drop zone following a 0-0 home draw with Blackpool on Friday and have just one win in their last 11 outings.

Tickets for Monday's game are on sale and you can purchase yours online by clicking here. 

Charlton are waiting on the outcome of their appeal against Chris Solly's dismissal at Oxford United to discover if he will be available on Monday. Igor Vetokele's fitness will be assessed after the striker missed the trip to the Kassam Stadium, while Ben Purrington will hope to recover from the stomach bug which saw him withdraw from the squad late on prior to Friday's game.

Lewis Page could make a return to the matchday squad after completing an hour for the U23s last Tuesday, but it may come too soon for Jake Forster-Caskey who played 45 minutes for the development squad.

Scunthorpe, meanwhile, received a big boost on Friday with Josh Morris making a return off the bench having been out since December with a fractured ankle.

The Iron will be without the injured Tony McMahon, Ryan Colclough and stopper Rory Watson, while Matthew Lund and Jordan Clarke remain doubts.

Tickets for Monday'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 Monday. They will remain on sale in person from The Valley right up until kick-off.

Charlton Athletic boss Lee Bowyer:“Nothing changes, we have to win games. That’s all we ever try to do, win every game we play. It’s not about preparing for the playoffs, we won’t tackle it any different to what we did [on Friday].”

Scunthorpe United defender Byron Webster: "We can take a lot of confidence to Charlton. Friday was a step forward. We know what we want to do as a team, we want to be organised and deal with crosses in the box, so then we can get our attacking players on the ball."

Charlton and Scunthorpe have met 25 times over the years, with the Addicks winning seven of those games, drawing 10 and losing 8.

Earlier in the season, a topsy-turvy game ended in Scunthorpe coming out on top of a 5-3 thriller at Glanford Park in October.

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 to March 2017 when Tony Watt's injury-time penalty earned the Addicks the points at The Valley.

Brett Huxtable will be the man in the middle on Monday. He has taken charge of 37 games so far this season, showing 126 yellow cards and seven reds. Three of those red cards came during the last time he refereed Charlton in the 2-1 victory at Southend United in September in which Tariqe Fosu was dismissed along with the Shrimpers' Michael Kightly and Mark Oxley.

His assistants will be Paul Yates and Garry Maskell, with Graham Kane as the fourth official.

Jake Forster-Caskey is the star of Easter Monday’s official matchday programme for the visit of Scunthorpe United.

Speaking in his first feature interview after his first run-out in nine months, he discusses the difficult period when he suffered his injury, his extraordinary return to fitness and his hopes of impacting on the first team and helping towards promotion before the season is out.

Monday's edition of Valley Review is priced at £3 and can be purchased from in and around The Valley. To read more about Monday'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.

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.

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.

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