MATCH PREVIEW | Millwall v Charlton

Charlton will be hoping to emerge victorious in the latest south-London derby when they take on Millwall on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

The Addicks were undone by a penalty in last weekend's 1-0 loss against high-flyers Preston North End and will be looking to bounce back against bitter rivals Millwall at The Den.

The Lions are currently undergoing a period of transition with Gary Rowett taking charge of only his third game since being handed the reins after Neil Harris' departure.

A 2-0 win over struggling Stoke City was followed by a 2-1 defeat to Reading at the Madejski Stadium. They sit in 17th place, six points clear of the drop zone.

Charlton are still without striker Lyle Taylor after Lee Bowyer ruled him out of contention during this week's pre-match press conference.

Jonny Williams, Sam Field and Tomer Hemed all remain sidelined, but Bowyer may look to call on Adam Matthews and George Lapslie with the pair back in the fold.

Chuks Aneke was withdrawn at half-time for the U23s on Monday and is unlikely to be available. Lewis Page is also still sidelined, as is Ben Amos.

For Millwall, Rowett explained that forward, Tom Elliott is working hard to get back to fitness and also hopes to have Ryan Leonard back fit, but it remains to be seen whether they will be ready for Saturday's test.

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer: "The first goal is going to be massive. It’s going to be intimidating, but we can turn the atmosphere into a positive. 

"I’ve played in this; I know what it’s like… Obviously the most important thing is the three points. We want to give our fans a good journey home and to have them bragging rights. The fans have been great for us, travelling up and down the country so hopefully on Saturday we can repay them for all their efforts."

Millwall boss Gary Rowett: “We’re respectful that we’re playing against a good opponent. Regardless of the results against us over the years they are a good team. They’ve shown that this season.

“We’re going to have to be at our best to win the game.”

Charlton and Millwall have faced off on 74 occasions with Millwall winning 35 times and Charlton winning 12 times. The two sides have played out 27 stalemates.

The last time that the Addicks beat Millwall was back in 1996 when a Lee Bowyer overhead kick and a trademark Carl Leaburn header helped Charlton to a 2-0 win at The Valley. Charlton did the double over the Lions that season, with Kim Grant scoring twice at The Den in a 2-0 win in December 1995.

Robert Jones will be the man with the whistle on Saturday. Jones has refereed 12 games this season, handing out 38 cards, no reds and awarding three penalties.

The last time he took control of a Charlton game was back in April 2018 when the Addicks picked up a 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers courtesy of a Jason Pearce goal.

His assistants will be Darren Blunden and Mark Pottage. Brett Huxtable is will be the Fourth Official.

2,176 Addicks have SOLD OUT the away end, with no tickets available on the day.

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