MATCH PREVIEW | Doncaster Rovers v Charlton

Charlton return to action from the international break on Good Friday as they head to Doncaster Rovers with the race for a top-six finish hotting up.

Doncaster sit in seventh position, one point ahead of the Addicks who have played two games more, and victory for Nigel Adkins' men will see them move up to fifth, albeit temporarily owing to the early kick-off.

Charlton come into the game six games unbeaten with three wins and three draws under their belt and the match at the Keepmoat Stadium provides Adkins with his first real crack at leading the team having oversaw a 2-2 draw at AFC Wimbledon shortly after his arrival.

Rovers are without a win in their last five with three defeats and two draws as they look to regain their footing in the promotion race since boss Darren Moore departed for Sheffield Wednesday in early March.

Ryan Inniss could be available again after playing an hour in last week's friendly with Brentford B at Sparrows Lane.

Liam Millar and Chris Gunter have both returned from international duty with a clean bill of health, but Conor Washington will miss out after limping out of the Wimbledon draw last time out.

For Doncaster, Arsenal loanee Tyreece John-Jules has been missing since January with a hamstring injury. Joe Wright was withdrawn during their defeat at MK Dons last weekend, but he is set to be available again to face the Addicks.

Charlton boss Nigel Adkins: “What have we got to lose? Let’s try and be as positive as we can. We have to get points on the board, so let’s take a look at our performances to give ourselves the best opportunity.”

Doncaster boss Andy Butler: "I wouldn’t say I’m concerned but it’s a challenge at the moment. Everyone is due a little dip during the season and we’re dealing with everything that is thrown at us.

"Everyone is due a little dip during the season and we’re dealing with everything that is thrown at us."

Charlton have met Doncaster on 16 previous occasions with the Addicks winning eight, Rovers six and the remaining two games ending in draws.

The reverse fixture saw Doncaster win 3-1 at The Valley in September. Charlton's last visit to the Keepmoat Stadium was a memorable one as the Addicks set themselves on the way to Wembley in the first leg of the League One play-off semi-finals in May 2019.

Lyle Taylor and Joe Aribo scored in quick succession in the first-half, while Matty Blair's late goal set up an interesting second leg in SE7.

Marc Edwards will take charge on Friday lunchtime. He has officiated 27 games this term, producing 89 yellow cards and one red.

His last experience of refereeing the Addicks was for the defeat at Lincoln City in September.

He will be assisted by Joe Clark and Lisa Rashid with Peter Wright as 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 buy Valley Gold Jackpot Tickets online for the fixture. For every £1 spent on a Jackpot ticket, half goes to the club's academy to help produce the stars of the future on the pitch. The other half goes to the two winners of a cash prize.

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Supporters can follow all the build-up to the game on Charlton's official Instagram account, official Twitter account and Facebook page as usual.

The match will only be available to watch on Charlton TV’s Valley Pass Live in a very small number of countries, due to EFL broadcast restrictions.

As the match has been selected for live coverage by Sky Sports, the club are NOT permitted to live stream the game in the UK, Ireland or any country that is covered by the EFL’s global broadcast deal.

As the Doncaster match can only be streamed in a small number of countries, the club will not be running a full Valley Pass Live production. The live coverage – which will be available in multi-camera – will begin shortly before kick-off and will conclude at full-time. 

Click here for full information on regulations for streaming Friday's game.

Meanwhile, live audio commentary of the game will be available to Valley Pass subscribers in all countries as usual.

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