MATCH PREVIEW | Milton Keynes Dons v Charlton

The Addicks head to Milton Keynes Dons on Tuesday evening as the games continue to come thick and fast.

Another decent performance yielded only one point against Swindon Town at The Valley on Saturday and Lee Bowyer will be hoping that his side's recent performances will be matched by all three points against the Dons.

Charlton still sit in sixth place in League One, but with all the teams surrounding them having the benefit of games in hand, a victory will be vital to ensure the Addicks remain in touch at the top end of the table.

MK Dons, meanwhile, sit in 15th place with seven wins, seven draws and nine defeats and come into the game off the back of a 3-1 home victory over Fleetwood Town last Tuesday, with the benefit of a week's rest having not played at the weekend.

Ryan Inniss and Akin Famewo remain sidelined as they continue to come closer to a return from their respective injuries. Ian Maatsen will also miss out having picked up a knock at the weekend with Ben Purrington expected to slot straight in at left-back.

Ben Watson and Marcus Maddison may be available again having returned to training.

For MK Dons, Louis Thompson could make his return on Tuesday evening having been missing through injury since November.

The game will come too soon for David Kasumu and Jordan Houghton, however, while Kieran Agard and Jay Bird are also sidelined.

Finally, Andrew Surman is a doubt having limped off in their victory over Fleetwood last week.

Charlton Boss Lee Bowyer: “We're close. We can't keep having the opportunities we're making and not scoring more goals. But we have to improve on the defensive side. We can't keep giving away sloppy goals and handing teams two-goal head starts. 

MK Dons boss Russell Martin: "Charlton are a very good team and have recruited very well again this month. They’ve lacked some consistency but have a real threat going forward - they score a lot of goals.

“They are pushing for promotion this season, but we know we can move a lot closer to them if we win the game and that’ll be big for us – it’s a massive incentive.

Charlton and MK Dons have squared off on 17 previous occasions with the Addicks winning seven, the Dons six and the remaining four ending in draws.

MK Dons won the reverse fixture 1-0 in December with Scott Fraser scoring the only goal of the game at The Valley.

The Addicks' last trip to Stadium MK saw a young side beaten 3-0 in the League Cup in August 2018, but Charlton's last league visit ended in a 2-1 victory in February 2018 with Ahmed Kashi and Josh Magennis getting on the scoresheet.

Dean Whitestone takes charge of Tuesday evening's clash. The Championship ref has officiated 19 games, so far, this term, producing 34 yellow cards and one red.

His last experience of refereeing an Addicks fixture was during the 1-0 Valley defeat to Millwall in July.

He will be assited by Adam Crysell and Adrian Waters with Matthew Jones as the Fourth Official.

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 6.25pm. 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 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.

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