MATCH PREVIEW | Charlton v Wigan Athletic

Charlton will return from the international break to take on Wigan Athletic at The Valley on Saturday afternoon with Lee Bowyer looking to record a first home win of the 2020/21 season.

The visitors, who are still ownerless and in administration, will be looking to bounce back from their defeat against Crewe Alexandra and build on their two victories in their opening five league games.

Despite their troubles off the pitch Bowyer will more than be aware of their threats having twice played them last season in the second tier.

Bowyer may opt to get some minutes into his latest signings with Omar Bogle, Ian Maatsen and Ryan Inniss who are all available for selection. Marcus Maddison may get more game time having featured off the bench late on against Sunderland last time out.

Charlton will still be without defenders Jason Pearce and Deji Oshilaja and midfielder Alex Gilbey, though the international break has given the Addicks some much welcome time to gel their summer signings into the squad.

For the visitors, Joe Garner is expected to return having missed their last game against Crewe through concussion.

Charlton Boss Lee Bowyer: "I feel for Wigan because they shouldn’t be in this division. Paul Cook did a great job last year, but things off the pitch means they’ve been punished. But it is what it is and we’ll be going into the game trying to beat them.”

Wigan Boss John Sheridan: "On paper they've got a really strong squad. I'm not sure exactly how they'll line up, but they've got a lot of bodies there because Lee Bowyer has brought a lot of decent players in.

"We cover every aspect of the opposition, but it's down to our lads and how we're going to perform."

Charlton have met Wigan 12 times since their first meeting back in 2005 with the Addicks winning four, the Latics five and the two sides playing out three draws.

The last time Charlton beat Saturday's visitors at The Valley was in August 2014 when Franck Moussa's deflected stoppage-time effort snatched all three points after Jordan Cousins' superb opener was cancelled out by Callum McManaman.

Ollie Yates will be overseeing proceedings on Saturday afternoon, taking charge of what will be his fifth match this season. So far the referee has handed out 11 yellows and no red cards this term.

The last time Yates took charge of a Charlton game was back in November 2018 when he oversaw our 1-1 draw away to Mansfield Town in the FA Cup.

He will be joined by Assistants Adrian Tranter and Gregory Read will Darren Blunden will act as Fourth Official.

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 internationally.

Supporters living abroad can purchase a season live video pass for £195, 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 and Greg Stubley will be available to Valley Pass subscribers in all countries as usual.

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