MATCH PREVIEW | Sunderland v Charlton

With eight games to go, the race for promotion is hotting up and Charlton head to Sunderland on Saturday looking to continue their good run of form as they hunt for one of those coveted play-off spots.

The Addicks are unbeaten in seven and Nigel Adkins will be expecting his side to build on a solid victory at Doncaster Rovers last time out. They sit seventh in League One, three points off Lincoln who have a game in hand and with just seven points separating fourth and 11th position, the final stretch of the campaign is set to serve up plenty of twists and turns.

Sunderland, meanwhile, have been going well under Lee Johnson and our unbeaten in 12 league games themselves with a top-two spot now within their grasps as they sit in third spot, two points off Peterborough United in second and five off Hull City in top spot with games in hand on both.

Full information on how you can get your streaming pass for Saturday's game can be found below...

Akin Famewo is expected to be back in the squad after missing out at Doncaster last week, but Conor Washington will remain unavailable due to a hamstring complaint.

Sunderland are without defender Bailey Wright who has been missing through injury since February. Jake Vokins and Tom Flanagan are also ruled out.

Charlton boss Nigel Adkins: "The players have applied themselves really well this week. We’re just trying to produce a few more principles of how we want to go and play in and out of possession. The application of the lads and the togetherness has been good, and we’re all looking forward to the game, knowing that it’s going to be a real challenge.

Sunderland winger Jordan Jones: "I don't know much about Charlton, to be honest, but I know they've been doing ok this season. The big thing for us is not to worry about anyone we're playing. We're playing for Sunderland, there's a good mentality in the group and we're approaching every game knowing that if we're at our best, we'll win the game."

Charlton have met Sunderland on 79 previous occasions with the Addicks winning 29, the Black Cats 27 and the remaining 23 ending in draws.

The reverse fixture saw the two sides play out a goalless draw at The Valley in October. The Addicks' last victory at the Stadium of Light came in August 2005 with Darren Bent netting a brace on his debut and Danny Murphy firing home a free-kick as 10-man Charlton earned a 3-1 win. Darren Ambrose was sent off 10 minutes into the second half for the visitors.

Anthony Backhouse will take charge of proceedings on Saturday afternoon. He has refereed 27 games this term, producing 86 yellow cards and two reds.

He last refereed the Addicks for the 1-1 draw at Shrewsbury Town in December.

Backhouse will be assisted by David Hunt and Anthony Moore with Scott Oldham 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.

Click here for your chance to win up to £2,000.

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, a new multi-camera show hosted by Scott Minto. He will be joined by guest pundits Alan Curbishley and Lennie Lawrence for the special extended broadcast which begins at 2pm.

All fans who purchase a Charlton TV Valley Pass Live streaming pass for the Addicks’ away fixture at Sunderland on Saturday, April 10th will be in with the chance of winning big, big prizes.

Dubbed the club’s 10K Giveaway - and as part of the club's attempt to break the League One virtual attendance record for this season - the competition will see up to 20 prizes handed out, which includes £10,000 in cash, a PlayStation 5, an Apple Watch Series 6, a luxury drinks hamper courtesy of Larry’s Mobile Bar, a HP Pavilion Laptop, 100 bottles of Heineken, England match tickets and much more!

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 who are yet to purchase a pass for Saturday's game can do so here.

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

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