MATCH PREVIEW | Charlton v Crewe Alexandra

Charlton will be hunting their first three points of the season when they return to The Valley to take on Crewe Alexandra on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

The Addicks are yet to taste victory in League One this season, having followed up a hard-earned draw against Sheffield Wednesday in the season-opener with defeats against Oxford United, MK Dons and Wigan Athletic.


Nigel Adkins will check on the fitness of Sean Clare after the midfielder missed last weekend’s reverse against the Latics in SE7 with a niggle, but Ben Purrington, Jake Forster-Caskey, Alex Gilbey and Ronnie Schwartz remain absent.

Elsewhere, Charlie Kirk is poised to face his former club while Elliot Lee is eligible to make his Charlton debut having penned a season-long loan deal on Thursday.

Luke Offord is once again available for the Railwaymen having served his one-match suspension in midweek, though duo Chris Long and Owen Dale have been absent in recent weeks owing to Norovirus.

The visitors fully expect Manchester City loanee Ben Knight to travel to the capital, despite missing a day of training after feeling unwell following his vaccination.


David Artell’s side come into the encounter on the back of a 3-0 Carabao Cup reverse against Leeds United at Elland Road on Tuesday, having previously beaten Hartlepool 1-0 to secure their passage into the second-round.

The Railwaymen have made an identical start to the Addicks in League One, accumulating one point from their four outings thus far, with their solitary point coming in Cheshire on the opening-day against newly-promoted Cheltenham Town.


Charlton and Crewe have gone toe-to-toe on six previous occasions with the Addicks winning five, while the spoils were shared in the remaining fixture.

The last meeting came at The Valley and resulted in a 2-2 draw in April as Dale twice pegged back Adkins’ men after Jayden Stockley and Alex Gilbey had twice fired the south Londoners ahead.


James Bell will control proceedings in SE7 on Saturday afternoon. He last oversaw the Addicks during the 1-0 triumph at Blackpool in October, dismissing both James Husband and Ben Purrington in the first half.

Bell will be assisted by Andrew Aylott and Greg Read, while Paul Yates is the Fourth Official.


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Supporters based outside of the UK & Ireland can watch every kick of Saturday’s game against Crewe live on CharltonTV, with John Humphrey joining host Scott Minto and Alan Curbishley in SE7 for his CharltonTV debut.

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