MATCH PREVIEW | Charlton v Swansea City

TCharlton will be looking to make it back-to-back victories at The Valley as they take on Swansea City at The Valley on Wednesday evening (7.45pm).

An impressive 1-0 victory over Leeds United on Saturday puts the Addicks in confident mood ahead of the visit of the Swans, who were denied a win of their own four days ago by a 90th-minute Reading equaliser in a 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium.

The match under the lights in SE7 provides plenty of incentive for both sides, with a win taking either side back into the Championship’s top two. 

Tomer Hemed and Beram Kayal will remain unavailable through injury, as will Lyle Taylor and Lewis Page, who continue their respective rehabilitations, while George Lapslie is closing in on a return to training, but will miss out against the Swans.

Meanwhile, Bowyer has revealed that he is having to monitor Ben Purrington’s fitness as the left-back has been carrying a slight calf complaint.

For Swansea, Jake Bidwell will serve the final match of his three-game suspension, while Aldo Kalulu’s ankle injury will keep him sidelined. 

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer: “It is going to be tough because they are definitely going to be tired from the weekend. We'll be ready for Wednesday, for sure, but Saturday is going to be even harder. Swansea are very similar to Leeds. They play so much football - they pass teams to death at times. We'll respect them, work hard and do everything we can to grind out a result."

Swansea boss, Steve Cooper: “They're a competitive team and they play some good football. So, we have to be ready, ready to play our way and make sure we match their strengths and the intensity they play at. The atmosphere will be a good one to play in and it's one we're looking forward to."

Charlton and Swansea have met on 42 previous occasions in which the Addicks have won 16, the Swans 15 and the remaining 11 ending in draws.

This will be the first meeting between the sides since the 2008/09 season in which Charlton picked up a 2-0 opening day victory at The Valley and shared a 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium in February 2009. 

Peter Bankes will be the man in charge on Wednesday evening. He has refereed five games so far this term, including once in the Premier League. The 2018/19 season saw him officiate 40 games in total, dishing out 167 yellow cards and four reds.

It will be the first occasion in which he has refereed a Charlton fixture. 

Supporters can purchase their ticket for Wednesday evening's match in advance by clicking on the graphic below. A 'print at home' option is available, or tickets can be scanned from mobile devices.

Tickets are available from the stadium on the evening, but supporters should note that a £3 increase on adult, over 65s and U21 tickets kick in from 5.45pm.

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Supporters purchasing concession tickets should be aware that ID checks will be in place for those who may appear close to, or outside, the relevant age groups. Appropriate identification includes a driving license, passport or any other photographic ID that shows date of birth. The club will also accept a copy/photograph of these documents provided the date of birth is clearly legible.

Supporters are advised to get to the ground early to avoid queuing to get into the ground. Supporters are also asked to not bring bags, if possible, to help speed up the bag search process.

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