MATCH PREVIEW | Fulham v Charlton

Take an in-depth look ahead to the Addicks' trip to Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday (12.30pm)...

Charlton will be looking to bounce back at Craven Cottage when the Addicks take on Fulham on Saturday (12.30pm).

Lee Bowyer’s men were not able to follow up last weekend’s victory over Leeds United with any points against Swansea City on Wednesday, despite a good performance under the lights at The Valley.

Fulham, meanwhile, earned a 4-1 victory at 10-man Reading which leaves them in fourth position with 18 points, just one point ahead of Charlton in seventh. 

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Charlton will continue to be without Tomer Hemed, Beram Kayal, Lyle Taylor and Lewis Page at Craven Cottage.

Bowyer has also revealed that Ben Purrington is likely to be missing after being withdrawn on Wednesday evening with a groin issue, while Chuks Aneke also suffered a tight groin, but could still feature in west London.

Meanwhile, Fulham boss and former Addick, Scott Parker, has revealed that he has no real injury concerns going into the game. 

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Charlton boss Lee Bowyer: “It’s a tough challenge. They are one of the favourites to get promotion, that’s their expectation I think. For me they have the best squad in the division. A lot of Premier League players, a lot of experienced Premier League players. Defensively, we’re going to have to be right, we’re going to have to do the defensive side of the game very well and then once we do that we have to move the ball quickly. Nothing changes from our side." 

Fulham boss Scott Parker: “Lee Bowyer's a couple of years older than me. He’s someone I call a close friend, a good guy, who’s doing a fantastic job and I'm not surprised, as he's a fighter. He hasn't been given an easy hand.”

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Charlton have met Fulham on 69 previous occasions with the Addicks winning 21, the Cottagers 25 and the remaining 23 ending in draws.

The last meeting at Craven Cottage ended in a 3-0 defeat in February 2016, while a late comeback earned the Addicks a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture at The Valley in October 2015, thanks to Johnnie Jackson and Jordan Cousins’ headers. 

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Keith Stroud will be the man in the middle on Saturday. He has been in charge of seven games, so far, this season, dishing out 14 yellow cards and no reds.

Stroud’s last two experiences of refereeing the Addicks has been during a 3-2 defeat to Oxford United at The Valley in February 2018 and a 0-0 draw against Millwall in SE7 in January 2017, in which he infamously chalked off Patrick Bauer’s perfectly-good goal.

He will be assisted by Lee Venamore and Adrian Waters, with Neil Hair as the fourth official. 

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1,970 Addicks have SOLD OUT the away end at Craven Cottage. No tickets will be available on the day.

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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 for a one-off price of £5 or £110 for the season.

Meanwhile, the game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football.

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