MATCH PREVIEW | Charlton v MK Dons

After three games on the road, Charlton make a welcome return to home soil against Milton Keynes Dons at The Valley on Wednesday evening (7.45pm).

The Addicks will be backed by 2,000 supporters under the lights, giving Lee Bowyer's men an added boost as they look to continue their fine form in League One and build on an impressive victory over Ipswich Town last time out.

Charlton sit just three points off second spot with games in hand on most of those around them, providing extra incentive to cement a place in the top six with three points. The Dons, meanwhile, find themselves in 19th position with three wins, six defeats and five draws from their 14 games, so far.

Akin Famewo could be involved in the matchday squad as the defender completes his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Charlton will be without Ian Maatsen who will serve a one-match ban after picking up his fifth booking of the season at Portman Road on Saturday. Paul Smyth will also miss out after needing five stitches in a gash sustained to his knee at the weekend.

Bowyer will check on the fitness of Conor Washington, who was unavailable four days ago due to a minor knee complaint, while Jake Forster-Caskey is expected to miss out again. Ryan Inniss and Alfie Doughty remain long-term absentees for the Addicks.

Dylan Levitt will continue to self-isolate after a positive coronavirus test, while Deji Oshilaja is also isolating after coming into close contact with Levitt.

For MK Dons, they will be without Jordan Houghton who limped off of their FA Cup victory over Barnet on Sunday. He joins long-term absentees Louis Thompson and Jay Bird on the sidelines but Joe Mason is edging closer to a return.

Charlton Boss Lee Bowyer: “We’re moving in the right direction. There’s a long way to go, but Im looking forward to getting back home. For the last week, we’ve been travelling up and down so I’m just looking forward to getting back at The Valley and having a crowd there.”

MK Dons boss Russell Martin: “The players should really be looking forward to it because it’s a great place to play football.

“It’s a game we’re looking forward to and one where we want to go and show we are difficult to play against, like the form suggests.

“I go into every game excited about what we can do. We just need to turn our performances into results.”

Charlton have met MK Dons on 16 previous occasions with the Addicks winning seven, the Dons five and the remaining four games ending in draws.

The last league meeting at The Valley ended in a dramatic 2-2 draw with the visitors snatching a point at the death after the hosts had taken an 86th-minute lead via a Scott Golbourne own goal.

Our last home victory in this fixture came in February 2012 as Johnnie Jackson's penalty double secured a 2-1 win.

Andy Davies will be the man in the middle at The Valley on Wednesday evening. He has taken charge of 10 games, so far, this term and has dished out 28 yellow cards and four reds.

His last game refereeing the Addicks was in the goalless draw with Sunderland at The Valley in October in which he dismissed the Black Cats' Tom Flanagan.

2,000 Charlton fans are able to attend the match at The Valley. Those without tickets are urged to stay away from the stadium to help ensure that the club will be able to facilitate more supporters at games in the near future.

Fans who are attending must remember to bring a face mask and their print-at-home match ticket, or else they may be refused entry.

Supporters who are attending should watch the below video guide regarding their visit to The Valley on Wednesday video.

The December edition of Valley Review is now available to purchase online. The magazine covers all four of the Addicks' home fixtures in December and features an interview with Conor Washington. Click here to purchase.

Valley Review will not be available to purchase from the ground on Wednesday evening and the Valley Superstore will be closed.

No food or drink will be available to purchase from the ground due to COVID-19 protocols, but supporters will be able to retrieve a free hot chocolate thanks to Andrews Heat for Hire once they are through the turnstiles to keep them warm on what is expected to be a cold evening under the lights in SE7. Alternatively, supporters can opt for a free bottle of water.

With some supporters arriving as early as 6pm, fans are reminded to come prepared for cold weather. Wrap up warm, be prepared and stay safe.

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 Wednesday'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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