MATCH PREVIEW | Charlton v Sunderland

Charlton will look to bring an end to a run of five consecutive defeats when they host Sunderland at The Valley on Saturday (3pm).

The Addicks suffered a 2-0 reverse at the hands of promotion-chasing Sheffield Wednesday last weekend.


Speaking in his Thursday press conference, Johnnie Jackson confirmed Conor Washington is nearing a return to action, while Jake Forster-Caskey (ACL) is set to gain some minutes with Anthony Hayes’ U23s.

Adam Matthews (concussion) is in line to face his former club having followed all the relevant protocols, though Sean Clare remains unavailable as he serves the final game of his three-match suspension.

Stephen Henderson (calf), Ryan Inniss (thigh), Corey Blackett-Taylor (hamstring) and Chuks Aneke remain sidelined.

Danny Batth (ankle), Callum Doyle (hip) and Nathan Broadhead (hamstring) are all in contention to return for the visitors, though Lee Burge (Covid), Niall Huggins (back), Jordan Willis (knee), Luke O’Nien (shoulder) and Aiden McGeady (knee) are all long-term absentees.


Sunderland ended their six-game winless run in style with a comprehensive 3-0 victory at Wigan Athletic last weekend, as Alex Neil earned his first three points as Black Cats boss.

That result leaves Sunderland occupying the coveted final play-off spot - albeit having played two more matches than eighth-placed Plymouth Argyle - while Ross Stewart took his tally to 22 for the season by converting a pair of penalties at the DW Stadium.


Charlton and Sunderland have squared off on 80 previous occasions with the Addicks winning 31, the Black Cats 27 and the remaining 23 encounters concluding in draws.

The reverse fixture in October proved to be one to remember for Charlton, who began the Johnnie Jackson era by recording a 1-0 triumph at the Stadium of Light thanks to Jayden Stockley’s 66th-minute header.

Sunderland’s last visit to The Valley, meanwhile, resulted in a goalless stalemate in October 2020.


Anthony Backhouse will control proceedings on Saturday afternoon. The official last refereed a Charlton fixture in April 2021 - a 2-1 win at Sunderland coincidentally.

Backhouse will be assisted by Declan O’Shea and Damith Bandara, while Darren Blunden is the Fourth Official.


Tickets are still available in SE7 for Saturday's clash - simply click here to secure yours!

The Fans’ Bar will be opening its doors to supporters from 12pm and will be screening Leicester City v Leeds United (12.30pm) and Liverpool v West Ham United (5.30pm), as well as the CharltonTV pre-game show from 2.15pm and the CharltonTV post-game show.

Supporters outside of the UK and Ireland can watch every kick of action live on CharltonTV, with Sean Clare joining Alan Curbishley and host Scott Minto in the CharltonTV studio, presented by DNEL Ltd.

Meanwhile, audio commentary of the game is available for CharltonTV subscribers in the UK and Ireland, with former Addicks defender Steve Brown joining Terry Smith and Greg Stubley in the SE7 gantry.

For more streaming information, please click here.

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.

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