MATCH PREVIEW | Portsmouth v Charlton

In-form Charlton make the Halloween trip to the south coast to take on Portsmouth on Saturday afternoon, hoping for yet another treat having won their last four games.

The Addicks were in fine form at home in midweek with Conor Washington and Andrew Shinnie both getting on the scoresheet as Lee Bowyer's side cruised to a 2-0 victory against Oxford United with 10 men, making it four wins in four and five consecutive clean sheets.

Portsmouth, meanwhile, have been in good form themselves, picking up five wins in their last six outings. They currently sit a point and a place above Charlton. Their last match saw them brush Northampton aside 4-0 and they will no doubt be looking to make it four-straight victories for themselves.

Charlton will head to Fratton Park unable to call on the services of either Ben Watson or Ryan Inniss who will both serve their one-match bans.

Jason Pearce, Alex Gilbey, Deji Oshilaja and Alfie Doughty all remain sidelined through injury. Doughty is set to be out for around four months and will undergo an operation following a tear to his hamstring.

For Pompey, Kenny Jackett will be without Michael Jacobs but may hope that Ellis Harrison will be available for selection against the Addicks having stepped up in his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Charlton Boss Lee Bowyer: “We want to get as high as we can, as quick as we can. We have to respect every team that we’re playing, whether it’s teams at the top or the bottom. We want to try and win every game and get out of this division.

Portsmouth will be a tough place to go, but as long as we concentrate on what we do, that’s the most important thing.”

Portsmouth Boss Kenny Jackett: "There have been a number of sides which have come out of the Championship in recent years and been able to turn it around, whether to go back up or compete to go up. It does look like in the early signs of the season that Charlton are going to try to do that."

Saturday's game marks the 107th instalment of the fixture with Portsmouth being Charlton's most played opponent (Middlesbrough will fall into second with 106 meetings). The Addicks have won on 36 occasions and losing 43 times, with the other 27 games finishing in draws.

The last time the two sides met, Charlton ran out as 2-1 winners at The Valley in March 2019 with Joe Aribo and Lyle Taylor scoring to cancel out Ronan Curtis' equaliser on the stroke of half time.

Our last trip to Fratton Park also resulted in a 2-1 victory with Karlan Grant and Nicky Ajose finding the net in a midweek encounter in December 2018.

Carl Boyeson will be the referee on Saturday, taking charge of what will be his seventh game this season. He has so far handed out 28 yellow cards and no reds.

The last time he officiated a Charlton match was back in September 2017 when the Addicks drew 2-2 at Walsall.

John Flynn and Michael Webb will join him as assistants while John Busby will be the 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.

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.

Click here for more information on how to purchase a streaming pass for Saturday's game.

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