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MATCH PREVIEW: CHARLTON ATHLETIC (H)

18 December 2020

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Swindon Town host Charlton Athletic at the County Ground for the second time in 2020.

Town took on the Addicks in early September in the Carabao Cup first-round which Charlton edged out 3-1 winners.

While the Reds were on the losing side, debutant Jonny Smith scored his first goal for the club after controlling a lofted pass from Akin Odimayo perfectly, cutting past two defenders and rolling the ball past Ben Amos to bring the Reds level.

However, there is a very different setting and backdrop to this encounter with Lee Bowyer’s side, as there will be John Sheridan in the dugout and 2000 fans carrying the team at the County Ground.

The opposition:

Charlton currently reside in seventh position with two games in hand after their match against Bristol Rovers, scheduled for last Tuesday, was postponed.

Victory against Rovers would’ve seen Charlton leapfrog Doncaster, Ipswich Town, Lincoln City, Peterborough and Portsmouth into second place, just one point behind top of the league Hull City.

Charlton’s last three matches have seen them yield a mixed bag of results with a 5-2 win over AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, a 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury and a home 1-0 defeat to MK Dons.

Charlton do have the joint fourth best defensive record in the division, with only Portsmouth, Lincoln and Sunderland conceding fewer goals than Bowyer’s side.

Ones to watch:

Chuks Aneke was a constant threat to Town when he was brought on in the encounter in September, scoring in the dying embers of the game.

Charlton goalkeeper Ben Amos has also enjoyed an impressive season, and even won the League One player of the month for October.

Officials:

Tomorrow's referee will be Benjamin Speedie, with Kevin Howick, Geoffrey Russell as assistants. Craig Hicks has been appointed as fourth official.


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