MATCH PREVIEW | Blackburn Rovers v Charlton

Take an in-depth look ahead to Saturday's opening-day trip to Blackburn...

Charlton kick-off their return to the Championship with a trip to Blackburn Rovers' Ewood Park for the season opener on Saturday (3pm). Following their promotion from League One via the play-off's last season, the Addicks will be hoping to get off the mark in their return season in the second tier.

Blackburn, meanwhile, will be hoping to build on their 15th-place finish last season and will no doubt provide a stern challenge for Lee Bowyer's men.

Bowyer revealed in his press conference on Thursday that Chuks Aneke is expected to miss this fixture with a hamstring injury, but is confident that will be available again for the visit of Stoke City.

Lewis Page will is also be missing with a hamstring injury, but there could be debuts for summer signings Deji Oshilaja, Tom Lockyer and Ben Amos, while Bowyer has confirmed that Conor Gallagher will start on the bench after his arrival on Friday.

Blackburn, meanwhile could hand debuts to experienced pair Bradley Johnson and Stewart Downing, as well as Sam Gallagher who returned in the summer for £5m following a successful loan spell in 2016/17, while Tosin Adarabioyo arrived on loan from Manchester City earlier this week.

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer: "Blackburn have an experienced manager; he’s been in the game a long time. We’ll turn up and respect them and I’m sure they’ll respect us as well.

"I’d say that this is probably a good time to play us because of the size of our squad at the moment. We’ll go there and compete though. I know that."

Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray: “A newly-promoted team coming, it will be tough as their adrenaline levels will be so high.

“Have we got enough to take the sting out of them and make our quality count? We’ll see on the day. But whoever you play on the opening day it would be a test.

“No-one should think that because they were promoted through the play-offs last year that this is an easy fixture."

Saturday's fixture with Blackburn will be the 80th meeting between the Addicks and Rovers. Of the 79 previous matches, Blackburn have won 36, 17 have ended in draws and Charlton have won 26.

The last meeting between the two sides back in April 2018 saw Charlton run out 1-0 winners in a tight, frantic match at The Valley. Jason Pearce netted the only goal as Charlton scrambled into the League One play-off spots.

Andy Woolmer will lead the two sides out on Saturday afternoon. The 53-year-old dished out 43 cards in 16 championship games last season along with two red cards. He was also the man with the whistle during Sunderland's play-off semi-final clash with Portsmouth at the Stadium of Light.

He last refereed the Addicks in November 2017 - a 2-2 draw with Milton Keynes Dons.

Close to 1,000 travelling Addicks had snapped up their tickets before they went off sale on Thursday. Tickets will be available from the ground on the day from 1pm at the away end ticket office, but with a £3 increase on adults tickets and £2 increase for juniors and U12s.

Prices on the day:

Adult: £28

Over 65: £20

U22: £15

U18: £9

U12: £7

Supporters can follow all the build-up to the game on Charlton's official Instagram account, official Twitter account and Facebook page.

Live commentary of the clash - 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.

Supporters who live abroad will be able to watch live coverage of the match on Valley Pass with full information available on on Friday once it is confirmed.

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