MATCH PREVIEW | Birmingham City v Charlton

Charlton head to St Andrew's in search of three points on Wednesday evening as they take on Birmingham City (6pm). 

The early-evening kick-off sees Lee Bowyer's men go up against the Blues hoping to bounce back from three defeats and regain the form they enjoyed in the first three games after the restart. There certainly was not much wrong with the performance against Reading last time out, however, and Charlton would have enjoyed at least a point if not for some questionable decisions. That sense of injustice felt following Saturday may well serve as a good incentive going into the midweek fixture.

The hosts have struggled since the restart and are still looking for their first win, coming off the back of four straight defeats. A win for the Addicks will see them leapfrog the Blues on goal difference. 

Bowyer revealed on Monday that he finally has a fully-fit squad to choose from, with Lewis Page having returned to full training.

Birmingham's caretaker duo of Steve Spooner and Craig Gardner could be without Jake Clarke-Salter and Kristian Pedersen who both missed the weekend's defeat at the hands of Stoke City through injury.

Charlton Boss Lee Bowyer: "We’re in a good place, it is still in our hands. Birmingham is a massive game but that’s not going to define whether we stay up or not. It is over the three games that is important. Obviously, this is the next one in line and we have to do what we’ve done over the last few games and then, hopefully, things will start going our way.”

Birmingham City captain Harlee Dean after defeat to Stoke: "You can’t just keep losing games, conceding loads of goals, you are going to get relegated. I don’t really know what we are doing to be honest. It’s probably the first time in there I have questioned people’s desire because I don’t think people realise how severe the situation is – and if they do then they are not acting like they are.”

Charlton and Birmingham have faced off on 64 previous occasions with the Addicks winning 23, the Blues 21 and the remaining 20 ending in draws.

Back in September, Birmingham won the reverse fixture 1-0 at The Valley, but Charlton have lost just once in their last four visit to St Andrew's and came away with a 1-0 win from their last trip there in 2015 thanks to Johnnie Jackson's 50th goal for the club.

David Webb will take charge of Wednesday's game. He has refereed 31 games so far this term, dishing out 81 yellow cards and two reds.

He was the man in the middle for clash with Preston North End at The Valley in November and for the FA Cup third-round defeat to West Bromwich Albion in January.

All of the remaining games of the 2019/20 season are being played behind closed doors and supporters are reminded to maintain social distancing guidelines and to stay away from stadiums when matches are taking place.

Supporters can follow all the build-up to the game on Charlton's official Instagram account, official Twitter account and Facebook page as usual. Supporters both in the UK and abroad are able to watch the game live on Valley Pass which includes a multi-camera broadcast, action replays and commentary from Terry Smith and Greg Stubley, the club's in-house commentary team.

Supporters who live abroad will be able to watch the game for the usual price of £5, while supporters in the UK and Ireland can purchase a game pass for £10 which is the minimum the club are allowed to charge due to EFL regulations.

Supporters who have already purchased a multi-game package will have been sent a code to access Wednesday's game.

Supporters who are yet to purchase a pass for Wednesday's game can do here.

Meanwhile, live audio commentary of the game from Smith and Stubley will be available to Valley Pass subscribers in all countries as usual.

Fans who have any problems setting up the streaming can read this for help.

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