MATCH PREVIEW | Reading v Charlton

Take an in-depth look ahead to the Addicks' trip the Madejski Stadium on Saturday afternoon...

Charton will take on Reading on Saturday as the Addicks look to retain their league unbeaten status. Having shown they have the quality at the back as well as up top during the hard-fought 1-0 win against Brentford last weekend, Lee Bowyer will be hoping that his side continue their good form when they face the Royals.

Reading finished last season in 20th, having been in the relegation zone for large parts of the season, but have shown signs of improvement over the summer having recovered from an early stutter to find some form. The Royals lost their opening two games of the season but have picked up seven points from a possible nine in their last three outings and will no doubt be looking to maintain their upturn in fortunes at the Madejski this weekend.

After picking up a knock in last Saturday's game with Brentford, the Addicks will be without defender Deji Oshilaja for the game at the Madejski.

Chuks Aneke is fit and available for selection as is Chris Solly who returns to the fold after having sat out of Charlton's recent fixtures following a head injury sustained in Charlton's away trip to Barnsley.

Lewis Page is the only other injury concern for Bowyer as he nears the completion of his rehabilitation from injury. Beram Kayal, meanwhile, got 75 minutes under his belt in a behind-closed-doors match earlier this week and is pushing for his first involvement with the side.

For Reading, Yakou Meite is expected to be fit and available for selection after recovering from a foot injury to net a brace in Reading's Carabao Cup tie with Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday night.

Tyler Blackett is expected to remain out having picked up a hamstring injury during pre-season, while Jordan Obita made his long-awaited return in midweek having been out with a long-term knee injury suffered in 2017.

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer: "We’re happy. We’ll just keep working hard and trying to win games. That’s my job; to improve the players and then improve as a team."

Reading Boss, Jose Gomes:"They have a very offensive dynamic and to stop them we must start with a high dynamic too, to block the way they will attack...

“To get the points, first we need to play, to fight. We cannot think that we have the points in our pocket before we play the game.

“We need to prepare, keep the focus in the maximum conditions that we can and with the quality that we have.”

Charlton have faced Reading a total of 41 occasions, winning 14, drawing 11 times and losing 16 games.

This week on the Valley Pass archive, we take a look back to a cracking Championship battle between the two sides in August 2008 as Charlton took all three points in a six-goal-medley at The Valley.

Goals from Matt Holland, Andy Gray, Luke Varney and a fine finish from Hameur Bouazza all feature In a game which had a bit of everything...

Jarred Gillett will be the referee for the Addicks clash with the Royals. Gillett, who became the first foreign referee in the EFL at the back end of last season, has officiated four games so far this term, dishing out 15 yellow cards.

Having refereed for the majority of his career in his native Australia, Gillett has never officiated a Charlton or a Reading game before. He will be joined by Assistants Darren Blunden and Micheal George. Gavin Ward will be the Fourth Official.

A SOLD OUT away end consisting of 2,219 Addicks will be cheering on Charlton at the Madejski Stadium.

Click here to read an in-depth guide to an away day at Madejski Stadium.

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.

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