MATCH PREVIEW | Charlton v Oxford United

Charlton return to home turf off the back of two games on the road on Tuesday evening looking to make it four wins on the spin as they host Oxford United in SE7.

Wins at Blackpool and Northampton Town were preceded by a 1-0 victory over Wigan Athletic at The Valley last time out, putting the Addicks in good stead ahead of this midweek encounter and four straight clean sheets will boost their confidence further as they hope to continue their march up the League One table.

Oxford, meanwhile, have had an extra few days rest after Saturday's game against Swindon Town was postponed due to their opponents returning some positive coronavirus tests.

Their last match saw them beat Milton Keynes Dons 3-2 at home last Tuesday evening, but they find themselves third from bottom with two wins and four defeats from their six games, so far.

Charlton will be without Alfie Doughty after the youngster confirmed he would be out for 'some time'. The 20-year old limped off during Saturday's win at Northampton following a hefty challenge.

Jason Pearce, Alex Gilbey and Deji Oshilaja remain the only long-term absentees, although Tuesday evening is likely to come too soon for Chuks Aneke, but the forward is still on target for a return at Portsmouth on Saturday.

Ben Purrington will be available again after sitting out his one-match ban at the weekend, while Adam Matthews could well be involved in the squad after returning to the club on Monday.

For Oxford, Anthony Forde has shrugged off a groin problem to be available on Tuesday evening. John Mousinho remains sidelined with a knee injury, as does Rob Atkinson (groin).

Charlton Boss Lee Bowyer: "They like to move the ball quickly and so do we, so I think it’s going to be quite a good game.

"I’m looking forward to it. I’ve not seen Karl [Robinson] for a little while and I understand he was at the game at the weekend, but he wouldn’t have taken too much from that because it wasn’t the prettiest! It will be two good teams going toe-to-toe for the three points."

Oxford midfielder Mark Sykes: "You don’t lose momentum from Saturday to Saturday, so we’ve not had a big gap. They will be as worried about us as we are about them.

“It’s will be a good game between two good teams. We’ve prepared well, so we’ve got a great chance to go there and do well.”

Charlton have met Oxford on 44 previous occasions with the Addicks winning 17 and the U's 10, with the remaining 17 ending matches in draws.

The last meeting in SE7 came in October 2018 and resulted in a 1-1 draw with Lyle Taylor's penalty being cancelled out by Gavin Whyte's equaliser.

The Addicks last victory on home turf over Oxford came in the League Cup in 2013 with Danny Green and Joe Pigott adding to Simon Church's brace in a 4-0 win.

Our last league victory over the U's at The Valley came in August 1997 as Clive Mendonca netted his first Charlton goal in a dramatic 3-2 success.

Craig Hicks will be the man in the middle on Tuesday evening. He has taken charge of nine games so far this term, producing 26 yellow cards and no reds.

Hicks last refereed a Charlton fixture in August 2018 - a 2-1 victory over Shrewsbury Town in SE7.

He will be assisted by Paul Lister and Paul Yates and Fourth Official Will Finnie.

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.

Tuesday's game is University of Greenwich Partnership Day at The Valley which will see students shadowing (in a socially-distant manner) a variety of roles within the club including the matchday announcer and Valley Pass commentators.

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 Tuesday'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.

Click here for more information on streaming Tuesday's game.

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