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27 October 2020 20:41

Charlton Athletic take on Oxford United tonight and are looking for a fourth straight win.

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The Addicks made it clear that their season effectively started at the end of the transfer window and, to be fair, in the matches since they have shown some really promising signs. Defensively they are looking sound and tonight they'll be looking to make another stride in terms of their progress against an Oxford side who, despite their slow start to the campaign, will be backed by plenty to challenge for the play-offs after they made the final in League One last season. For the Addicks, Lee Bowyer could well rotate his side once again – he has shown a preference to do so, particularly in midfield, of late – but one man unlikely to be involved is young star Alfie Doughty. He came off against Northampton and is set to be out for 'some time', whilst Alex Gilbey isn't yet back up to full fitness. Jason Pearce and Deji Oshilaja remain out, meaning Ryan Inniss and Akin Famewo should be able to build on their burgeoning defensive partnership, whilst Chris Gunter has the recently re-signed Adam Matthews as a challenger down the right.

On the left, Ben Purrington is back from suspension and he'll battle Ian Maatsen for a spot this evening. Further forwards, Chuks Aneke is likely to sit out but he could be in contention for the weekend's clash with Portsmouth – Lee Bowyer will therefore have to pick from Omar Bogle, Conor Washington and Paul Smyth to lead his line. It's a far stronger squad than he had a few weeks ago, though, and, as mentioned, a fourth win in a row is at stake for the home side tonight. They have a positive record against this evening's visitors, too, with them winning 17, drawing 17 and losing 10 against the men in yellow. Kick-off is at 7pm. Charlton Athletic take on Oxford United tonight and are looking for a fourth straight win. Here is a predicted starting XI for the Addicks- GK- Ben Amos- He has been made their number one this season. RB- Chris Gunter- The Wales international should start again tonight, despite the London club bringing back Adam Matthews on a free transfer yesterday. CB- Ryan Inniss- The summer recruit from Crystal Palace has made an impressive start to life at the Valley. CB- Akin Famewo- He has also been a hit since his move on loan from Norwich City. LB- Ian Maatsen- Lee Bowyer faces a choice between the Chelsea loanee and Ben Purrington, who is back from suspension for this one. CM- Darren Pratley- He scored off the bench last time out against Northampton Town and may be handed a start against the U's. CM- Jake Forster-Caskey- The 26-year-old has made four appearances so far this season and could feature against his former club tonight. CM- Alfie Doughty- Charlton managed to keep hold of him in the past transfer window and are keen to tie him down to a new deal. CAM- Jonny Williams- Bowyer opted to start the Welshman against the Cobblers on Saturday. However, should he freshen it up and go with Marcus Maddison? The72 looked at why. ST- Omar Bogle- He will be looking for his first goal for the Addicks after joining the League One side on a free transfer earlier this month. ST- Paul Smyth- The QPR loan man offers Charlton more pace up top. Who will win tonight?