MATCH PREVIEW | Charlton vs Sunderland

The Addicks will be hoping to get their first league win of the Thomas Sandgaard era on Saturday when Sunderland make the long journey down south (3pm).

It will be the first time the two sides have met since the legendary play-off final back in 2019 and Lee Bowyer will be hoping his side can taste victory against the Black Cats once again.

Sunderland have started the season in good form, picking up two wins and a draw in their opening three fixtures, currently sitting in fifth place and will no doubt be looking to maintain that momentum when they come to the capital.

Alex Gilbey will continue to remain sidelined for the Addicks having picked up an Achilles injury which will see him sidelined for the next few weeks.

Jason Pearce is still a doubt for the game despite being back to full-contact training while Chuks Aneke has also returned to training, although Saturday may come too soon following his recovery from coronavirus.

Bowyer will have the option of the Addicks' latest addition, Marcus Maddison, who signed on Thursday afternoon and trained for the first time with his new teammates on Friday morning.

For the visitors, Chris Maguire looks set to miss the fixture having been withdrawn in their game against Peterborough, though Phil Parkinson's side may well be buoyed by the return of Max Power and Lynden Gooch who have both returned to training this week.

Charlton Boss Lee Bowyer: "I want to win every game. Sunderland will bring back some good memories but we’ve just got to try and put out the best side we can and try and compete and pick up as many points as we can while we’re in this period where we’re weaker than other teams.

"They’re a strong physical side - a good Sunderland side."

Sunderland Boss Phil Parkinson: "[Charlton] were a troubled club, they were relegated last season. But they've got good players and they're another team that will probably be up there at the end of the season.

Charlton have met Sunderland 78 times. The Addicks have walked away as victors on 29 occasions while the Black Cats have won 27 times with the two sides playing out 22 draws.

The last meeting was in our famous dramatic victory in the 2019 play-off final when the Addicks battled back from a Naby Sarr own goal thanks to goals in the right net from Ben Purrington and a last-gasp winner from Patrick Bauer.

Their last meeting at The Valley saw the sides play out a gripping 1-1 draw after Luke O'Niens strike in the second minute was cancelled out by Reece James' own goal in the second half.

Andy Davies will be overseeing proceedings on Saturday afternoon. Davies has seen four games this season, handing out two red cards, 12 yellows and awarding two penalties.

The last time Davies oversaw a Charlton game was back in February when the Addicks slipped to a 2-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers.

The match will be played behind closed doors and supporters are reminded to maintain social distancing guidelines and to stay away from the stadium when the match is taking place.

The October edition of Valley Review is now available to purchase online. The magazine covers all three of the Addicks' home fixtures in October and features an interview with new owner Thomas Sandgaard. Click here to purchase.

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 will be able to watch Charlton league games this season live on Valley Pass. All league games, except those selected for UK or international broadcast, will be available to purchase with a match pass which costs £10 in the UK and Ireland and £7 internationally – pricing is set by the EFL.

Supporters living abroad can purchase a season live video pass for £140, which will give them access to every game the club is allowed to stream internationally during the 2020/21 season.

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

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

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