MATCH PREVIEW | Charlton v Cambridge United

Charlton return to SE7 for the second #FillTheValley fixture in four days on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as Cambridge United visit the capital.

Buoyed by a comprehensive 2-0 triumph over Ipswich Town on Tuesday night, the Addicks will be targeting maximum points once again as Johnnie Jackson’s side look to continue their ascent up the Sky Bet League One table.

And with another bumper crowd expected at The Valley, supporters are encouraged to arrive at the ground early to avoid congestion.


Speaking in his Thursday press conference, Jackson revealed no fresh injury concerns, though Adam Matthews (calf), Sam Lavelle (groin), Ryan Inniss (quad), Jake Forster-Caskey (ACL) and Corey Blackett-Taylor (hamstring) remain absent.

Wes Hoolahan is expected to return for the visitors after not featuring on Tuesday night, while Shilow Tracey (ankle) will be assessed having been forced off in midweek.

The U’s will, however, be without club captain Greg Taylor (ankle), Lloyd Jones (groin) and Liam O’Neil (calf).


Enjoying their first season in the third tier for 20 years, Cambridge currently sit eight points clear of the relegation zone in 15th, level on points with the Addicks.

Mark Bonner’s side travel to the capital on the back of an emphatic 5-0 victory at Cheltenham Town, ending a four-game winless run in the league.


Charlton and Cambridge have gone toe-to-toe on 18 previous occasions with the Addicks winning five, the U’s seven and the remaining six encounters resulting in draws.

The sides last met in September 1992, playing out a goalless stalemate at Upton Park.

Cambridge’s last visit to The Valley, meanwhile, came in January 1984 as the Addicks ran out 5-2 victors thanks to braces from Derek Hales and Ronnie Moore, with Paul Curtis also on the scoresheet.


Benjamin Speedie will be the man in the middle on Saturday afternoon. The official last refereed a Charlton fixture in December 2020 - a 2-2 draw at Swindon Town.

Speedie will be assisted by Mark Derrien and Paul Kelly, while Michael Chard is the Fourth Official.


The Fans’ Bar will be open to supporters from 12pm and will be showing Manchester City v Wolves (12.30pm) and Norwich City v Manchester United (5.30pm), as well as the CharltonTV pre-game show from 2.15pm and the CharltonTV post-game show.

Doom Bar is the guest ale in the Fans' Bar, while supporters can also enjoy a Christmas dinner from the Fans' Bar street food stand.

External concessions include Fish & Chips, outside the West Stand and Wicked Burger and Peter Panas outside the East Stand.

​​Supporters outside of the UK and Ireland can watch every kick of action live on CharltonTV, with former Addicks midfielder Graham Stuart starring alongside Steve Brown and host Scott Minto in the CharltonTV studio, presented by DNEL Ltd.

For more streaming information, please click here.

Audio commentary of the game is available for CharltonTV subscribers in the UK and Ireland, with Terry Smith and Greg Stubley in the gantry.

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, while the other half goes to the two winners of a cash prize.

Click here to be in with a chance of winning up to £2,000.

Fans are reminded not to take pictures of tickets on their phones as the turnstiles struggle to read them, resulting in congestion.

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