MATCH PREVIEW | Hull City v Charlton

The Addicks will be looking to kick off 2021 with a bang as they head to the KCOM Stadium on Saturday to take on fellow promotion-chasers Hull City (3pm).

Lee Bowyer's men have had an unusually quiet festive period due to the postponement of games and will be hoping to build on a recent run of four games unbeaten following two consecutive 2-2 draws.

Hull lie just two points ahead of Charlton in third position, giving the Addicks the perfect incentive to leapfrog their opponents at the top end of the League One table. The Tigers come into the game off the back of three straight defeats and have not played since December 18th due to an outbreak of COVID-19 within the squad.

Andrew Shinnie remains sidelined with his thigh injury, while Akin Famewo, Alfie Doughty and Ryan Inniss continue to be long-term absentees.

The Addicks will also be without Chuks Aneke, who serves a one-match ban after picking up his fifth booking of the season on Boxing Day.

For Hull, boss Grant McCann expects to be without a number of first-team players following the return of positive COVID-19 tests last week. Some of those players will have been assessed on their return to training on New Year's Eve.

Callum Jones is the Tigers' only injury absentee.

Charlton Boss Lee Bowyer: “We’ll approach the game trying to win it. Looking at them, we’ve come up against their manager on a number of occasions. They’re a good side, they kept most of their squad from coming down last season.”

Hull City boss Grant McCann: ““We will be missing some players. It’s not ideal for us really because we haven’t seen each other for 10 days but the players have worked hard on plans that we set them. We’ve monitored them every day and they’ve put some good distance into their legs, so we know how much we can push them over the next couple of days leading into the Charlton game.

Charlton and Hull have met on 40 previous occasions with the Addicks winning 18, the Tigers 11 and the remaining 11 games ending in draws.

The last meeting saw Charlton take all three points from a 1-0 win at the KCOM Stadium in the Championship in June with Jason Pearce's goal proving to be the winner.

Martin Coy will be the man in the middle at the KCOM Stadium. He has taken charge of 12 games, so far, this term, brandishing 26 yellow cards and two reds.

He last refereed a Charlton fixture in March 2019 - a 1-0 win for the Addicks over Bradford City at The Valley.

The match will be played behind closed doors 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 2.25pm. 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 Greg Stubley will be available to Valley Pass subscribers in all countries as usual.

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