MATCH PREVIEW | Swindon Town v Charlton

The Addicks head back on the road looking to make it back-to-back wins against Swindon Town on Saturday as the fight for promotion places at the top of League One begins to hot up.

A win on Tuesday evening would have put Charlton into second place with results elsewhere favouring Lee Bowyer's side, but the late postponement against Bristol Rovers due to an outbreak of coronavirus in the Pirates' camp now see the Addicks sit in seventh position.

But Charlton sit just two points off second spot and four off leaders Hull City and will be hoping to go into the festive period in a promising position in the league table with victory at the County Ground this weekend.

Swindon, meanwhile, come into the game off the back of four successive league defeats, leaving them third from bottom with five wins, 12 defeats and one draw so far this term.

It's as you were for the Addicks as Andrew Shinnie remains sidelined with his thigh complaint, while Akin Famewo will be absent with his ankle injury.

Alfie Doughty and Ryan Inniss remain long-term absentees, while Albie Morgan will be missing again as he continues to self-isolate as per government guidelines, but will return to training on Monday. Paul Smyth has had the stitches on his knee removed and was back running in training this week, but will remain unavailable this weekend.

For Swindon, Rob Hunt and Tom Broadbent are doubts following recent injuries.

Charlton Boss Lee Bowyer: “The games they’ve lost [recently], they’ve been in. I’ve watched four different games and they’ve changed formation regularly, so it is tough to work out what they will do.

"The most important thing is that we turn up on the day, we do things right and start right. If we do that, then hopefully we can get the result that we all want. We’ve just got to focus on us.”

Swindon Town boss John Sheridan: ““If I’ve got any positives to take at the moment, I actually think we’re playing good enough football to win matches, but we’re not scoring goals.

“You’ve got to score goals to win games. It’s hard to take because the performances are OK, but the results are nowhere near good enough.”

Charlton and Swindon have played each other on 62 previous occasions with the Addicks winning 28, the Robins 15 and the remaining 19 ending in draws.

The sides have already met this season, in the first round of the Carabao Cup back in September with Macauley Bonne, Charlie Barker and Chuks Aneke all netting in a 3-1 victory.

Benjamin Speedie will take charge of Saturday's game at the County Ground. He has refereed 15 games this term, producing 41 yellow cards and two reds.

It is Speedie's first season as an EFL official and it will be his first experience refereeing a Charlton fixture. He will be assisted by Kevin Howick and Geoffrey Russell with Craig Hicks as the Fourth Official.

The match will be played in front of a small crowd of home fans only and Charlton 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.

Charlton’s live matchday streaming service has received a major overhaul with the introduction of Valley Pass Live, hosted by Scott Minto. He will be joined by guest pundit Alan Curbishley in the studio at The Valley for the broadcast which begins at 3.25pm. Away fixtures will differ slightly from that of the home game broadcasts with the club only able to provide single-camera coverage of the match itself. Click here for more information on the brand new Valley Pass Live service.

Supporters will be able to watch Charlton league games this season on Valley Pass Live. 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 Nathan Muller will be available to Valley Pass subscribers in all countries as usual.

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