MATCH PREVIEW | West Bromwich Albion v Charlton

Charlton face league-leaders West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Saturday (3pm) as they look to bounce back from Wednesday's last-gasp defeat at Bristol City.

West Brom have been in fine form this season, but only salvaged a point at home to bottom-of-the-table Barnsley on Tuesday night.

The Baggies found themselves 2-0 down after 20 minutes, but second-half substitutions helped swing the game in Albion’s favour as they pulled one back through an own goal in the 68th minute and equalised in the 81st.

Slaven Bilic’s men now sit two points clear at the top, are unbeaten at home in the league since February and are the joint-highest scorers in the league this season so will prove a tough opponent for the Addicks. 

Charlton, who sit 10th following Wednesdays defeat, are only three points off second place as the top half of the table remains extremely tight.

Sam Field and Jake Forster-Caskey have been added to the Addicks' ever-growing injury list as they both left the pitch early on Wednesday night. 

Jonny Williams and Lyle Taylor remain sidelined with Williams having just had an operation, whereas Taylor is now out of his brace and progressing with his recovery.

Adam Matthews, Ben Purrington, George Lapslie and Tomer Hemed all remain doubts, while Jonathan Leko is also unavailable due to his loan conditions. 

For the hosts, Matt Phillips missed Albion's last two games but may be set to return on Saturday. Elsewhere for the Baggies, Conor Townsend has said he is looking for a start against Charlton after he replaced youngster Nathan Ferguson on Tuesday, while Kieran Gibbs is also still unavailable. 

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer: “It’s all about our recovery now because we haven’t got long. West Brom played Tuesday so they’ve got an extra 24-hours recovery than us and that’s going to be tough to go there.

“I know that the players will go out there and give 100 per cent. For as long as that keeps happening we'll always be in the game"

West Brom defender Conor Townshend: “If we are conceding a goal or two goals then we are giving ourselves a lot to do. I think that’s what we need to eliminate and we have got goals in the team.

“Once we stop conceding first and start scoring first we will put teams to the sword.” 

Charlton and West Brom’s head-to-head record is extremely even with both teams winning 21 and drawing 18 of the 59 meetings. The last meeting between the two clubs came in March 2008 - a Championship game that ended 1-1.

The last time Charlton beat the Baggies was in 2005 when Danny Murphy scored twice to clinch a 2-1 victory at The Hawthorns in the Premier League.

Matt Donahue will take charge on Saturday, no stranger to a yellow card he has dished out 44 already this season and a red card in his last game.

Donahue has overseen two Charlton games this season - the 2-2 at Barnsley and the 1-0 defeat to Birmingham City.

1,994 Addicks have SOLD OUT the away end at The Hawthorns, with no further tickets available.

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