MATCH PREVIEW | Charlton v Ipswich Town

Nigel Adkins will take to the dugout for the first time at The Valley as Charlton boss on Saturday lunchtime as the Addicks take on Ipswich Town (12.30pm).

A fruitful start to life at the club has seen Adkins take seven points from nine in his first three games with his side firmly in the race for a coveted play-off spot. And with Charlton unbeaten in eight and coming into the game with back-to-back wins, his side will be full of confidence as they prepare for the Tractor Boys.

Ipswich, meanwhile, have just one win in their last seven outings as new boss Paul Cook looks to kick-start hopes of their own play-off push.

They currently sit two points behind the Addicks in ninth having played a game more.

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

Adkins has confirmed that Conor Washington is likely to miss out, although the forward is progressing well after picking up a hamstring complaint.

The Addicks boss will check on the fitness of Ian Maatsen and Chuks Aneke on Friday after the duo were unable to train earlier in the week with slight knocks.

For Ipswich, midfielder Alan Judge will not feature again this season after being told the club will not take up the option of a further year on his contract which will be triggered by one more appearance.

Charlton boss Nigel Adkins: "They’re having a challenging period but one thing I can guarantee is it’s going to be just as tough as it was against Sunderland for us. They’re going to be really fired up for the game because they’re like us. We’re very close in the league table, they’re pushing for the play-off positions and so are we."

Ipswich boss Paul Cook: "I think [the fans] are bored of us. I'm surprised we've still got any - we flatter to deceive. The best feeling as a manager is when you put a team on the pitch that you trust. I don't trust our team."

Charlton and Ipswich Town have met on 53 previous occasions with the Addicks winning 19, the Tractor Boys 23 and the remaining 11 games ending in draws.

The reverse fixture saw Charlton come out on top with a 2-0 win at Portman Road in November thanks to the goals of Albie Morgan and Omar Bogle.

Our last victory over Ipswich on home turf came in October 2008 with Nicky Bailey opening the scoring before a Martin Cranie own goal levelled matters. However, Moritz Volz's own-goal at the other end earned the points for the hosts.

Craig Hicks will take charge of Saturday's contest. He has refereed 28 games this term, producing 77 yellow cards and four reds.

He was also the man in the middle for the reverse fixture at Portman Road in November.

Hicks will be assisted by Simon Shaw and Stephen Brown with David Rock 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.

The April edition of Valley Review is now available to purchase online. The magazine covers all three of the Addicks' home fixtures in April and features an interview with new boss Nigel Adkins. Click here to purchase.

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 Paul Mortimer and Darren Bent for the broadcast which begins at 11.45am.

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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