MATCH PREVIEW | Charlton v Rochdale

Charlton bring the regular season to a close as they host Rochdale at The Valley on Saturday (5.30pm). 

Although the visitors can enjoy their afternoon having already secured their League One safety for another year, there is still plenty to play for as far as the Addicks are concerned with play-off permutations at stake. 

Lee Bowyer's men have occupied fifth position since January, but can finish in either third, fourth or fifth when the final whistle blows on final day. Of course, a third or fourth-placed finish will ensure home advantage in the play-offs with a second leg being played in SE7. To make that happen, Charlton will have to better the results of either Sunderland, who play away at relegation fighters Southend United, or Portsmouth, who host Accrington Stanley. 

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

Lee Bowyer revealed that Jonny Williams twisted his ankle at Gillingham last weekend so is doubtful for Saturday's clash, while Chris Solly sits out the third game of his four-match suspension.

However, Lyle Taylor, Patrick Bauer and Krystian Bielik are expected to be involved having missed the victory at the Priestfield.

Lewis Page and Jake Forster-Caskey both got their first 90 minutes under their belts for the U23s in midweek since returning from injury and will be hoping for some first-team minutes on Saturday.

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

Charlton Athletic boss Lee Bowyer: “Every game is important. They all have different types of importance. Every game we go out to play we want to win. We want to keep this good run we’re on going and we’re in a good place and the most important thing is keeping that winning mentality because it’s a good habit to have.”

Rochdale boss Brian Barry-Murphy: “The challenge for us now is to really push on and be aggressive in our last game, and that’s something that we’re very keen to do. We won’t rest on our laurels and we’ll continue to push right until the very end.”

Charlton have met Rochdale on 17 previous occasions, with the Addicks winning nine of those meetings and drawing three with Dale coming out on top five times. 

Last season saw the Londoners come from behind at The Valley to claim a 2-1 victory thanks to Jake Forster-Caskey's brace in November 2017. 

This is the second consecutive season in which the sides will meet on final day. Rochdale claimed a 1-0 victory in May of last year to seal their League One safety. 

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 January 2005 for an FA Cup third-round meeting in which Bryan Hughes (2), Jonathan Fortune and Danny Murphy netted in a 4-1 victory.

Charles Breakspear will be the man in the middle at The Valley on Saturday. This season has seen him take charge of 42 games in which he has produced 138 yellow cards and 12 reds. 

This will be the third time he has refereed the Addicks this term, previously officiating the 1-0 defeat to Swansea City U21s in the Checkatrade Trophy in November, the 2-0 victory over Gillingham at The Valley in December and the 2-0 success at Plymouth Argyle last month.

His assistants will be Paul Kelly and Stuart Butler with Adrian Tranter as his fourth official.

Saturday's official matchday programme is dedicated to Addicks stalwart Chris Solly as his testimonial year draws to a close. 

The match against Dale comes exactly 10 years and one day after making his senior debut at The Valley and he gives an in-depth interview in which he looks back at the last decade and ahead to an exciting end to the campaign. 

The Club Captain is also the next Valley hero to choose his best XI based on the players he has played alongside over the last 10 years. 

The North Stand’s free entry supporters’ bar will be open as usual, with its doors opening from 2.30pm.

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 3.45pm and 5pm, 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.

  • Due to the later kick-off, the Valley Superstore will be opening at 12pm on Saturday.
  • 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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