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03 October 2020 20:30

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Charlton Athletic 0-0 Sunderland: Ten-man Black Cats earn a point after Flanagan's red card

Hi everyone and welcome to our live match blog coverage of Charlton vs Sunderland. These two have history, of course, with the Addicks twice denying the Black Cats in a play-off final, most recently in 2019. Phil Parkinson's Black Cats have began the season well, with two League One wins and a draw, and will be looking to keep the momentum going after last weekend's victory over Peterborough. Charlton kicked off with a win over Crewe, but have since suffered two defeats so will be itching to get three big points today. We'll bring you all the latest build-up, team news, match action, analysis and reaction as it happens.

Sky Bet League One Match Coverage TV/Stream: Full live match coverage available via www.safc.com Radio: Full live match commentary available via BBC Newcastle (not online) Don't forget to follow the blow-by-blow account of the game on the Roker Report Twitter feed (@RokerReport) and check out the player ratings after the full-time whistle at www.RokerReport.com! Sunderland take on Lee Bowyer's Charlton Athletic for the first time since we suffered heartbreak at Wembley in May 2019, and we may have just caught them at a decent time. Despite the trouble in the boardroom, the Addicks are aiming to bounce straight back to the Championship at the first attempt, and after losing two of the opening three games will see a game at home to a promotion favourite as an ideal opportunity to begin climbing the table. Phil Parkinson however will be aiming to continue Sunderland's good start to the season and remain unbeaten as we head into an international break. Nothing is decided at this stage as was said before the Peterborough clash last week, but it's another huge game for both clubs this week.

Sunderland Team News Phil Parkinson has one or two decisions to make again this weekend with Chris Maguire being declared as close midweek, but it would be surprising if he was rushed back considering the wealth of options the manager has at his disposal in that area of the pitch. George Dobson has his third and final game of his suspension so misses out again so expect Grant Leadbitter to keep his place in midfield alongside Max Power, who returns after injury. Up top, we will have to wait and see until after Phil Parkinson has spun his magic wheel of strikers and see who it lands on before announcing his final XI. My guess is that he will revert to what we saw at Oxford United and Aiden O'Brien will try and support Danny Graham, but on the evidence of the first three games it's a toss of a coin. Possible XI: Lee Burge, Tom Flanagan, Bailey Wright, Jordan Willis, Luke O'Nien, Grant Leadbitter, Max Power (c), Denver Hume, Josh Scowen, Aiden O'Brien, Danny Graham Charlton Athletic Team News Defeats to Doncaster Rovers and Lincoln City have gone some way to dampen the mood at the Valley after an opening day League One away win at Crewe Alexandra, but this week has seen a boost of a takeover and a couple of faces.

21-year-old defender Akin Famewo has signed on a season-long loan deal from Norwich City and Marcus Maddison has joined as a free agent in the few days after the takeover was confirmed. It's likely to be too soon for Marcus Maddison however, without a pre-season behind him it's unlikely the 27-year-old ex-Peterborough United midfielder will feature against Sunderland this weekend. Akin Famewo will expect to come straight into the side, after Charlton have lost twelve players since the end of last season, including defenders Tom Lockyer and Naby Sarr. Possible XI: Amos, Purrington, Famewo, Oshilaja, Barker, Levitt, Pratley, Oztumer, Washington, Bonne, Doughty Saturday 5th January 2019: Sky Bet League One Charlton Athletic 1 - 1 Sunderland (O'Nien, James (OG)) Sunderland: McLaughlin, O'Nien, Flanagan, Baldwin, James, Gooch (Watmore), McGeouch, Power, McGeady, Wyke, Maja (Maguire) Substitutes not used: Ruiter, Ozturk, Mumba, Sinclair [Sunderland only named six substitutes - the named seventh, Bryan Oviedo, did not travel] Charlton Athletic: Phillips, Dijksteel, Solly, Bielik, Bauer, Sarr, Morgan (Williams), Fosu, Taylor, Grant, Pratley Substitutes not used: Maynard-Brewer, Stevenson, Marshall, Kackett-Fairchild, Ajose, Clarke Match Betting The bookmakers fancy Phil Parkinson's side this weekend as they offer 11/10 for an away victory and 13/5 for Charlton to win their first game since the opening day of the League One campaign. Maybe unsurprisingly the favourite scoreline is a 1-0 win for Sunderland at 11/2, closely followed by a goalless draw at 7/1 and a goal to nil victory for Charlton at 8/1.

When it comes to the question of who is scoring the goals at the Valley, Danny Graham is favourite at 6/4 anytime scorer and 4/1 to be the first goalscorer, and if you fancy a repeat of a Leadbitter penalty he is 12/1 to be first goalscorer. For the home side, Macauley Bonne and Conor Washington are the dangermen according to the bookies and are 5/1 to be first goalscorer. Match Prediction I have an odd feeling about this weekend that I haven't had for a long time, I think it's called confidence. Charlton Athletic 0 - 1 Sunderland Ten-man Sunderland escaped from The Valley with their unbeaten League One record intact after a goalless draw against Charlton. However, Phil Parkinson's side were left with an over-riding feeling of frustration after failing to convert a host of first-half chances before the 73rd-minute dismissal of Tom Flanagan for a professional foul on Conor Washington. Time and again they carved Charlton open only to waste opportunities to record a third successive league victory. Minutes after Danny Graham's goal-bound shot was bravely blocked by Ben Watson, Graham was found five yards out by Josh Scowen's perfect low cross. When a cool side-foot finish was needed, he lashed at his shot instead and sent it high and into the empty seats behind the Charlton goal. Lynden Gooch shot narrowly over the bar in a low-key second half before Flanagan cynically halted the run of Washington and was shown a red card. That handed the impetus to Charlton, but substitute Chuks Aneke wasted their best chance 12 minutes from time. Sunderland will bring back some good memories but we've just got to try and put out the best side we can and try and compete and pick up as many points as we can while we're in this period where we're weaker than other teams. That's plain to see because we've played three league games and won one and lost two. They're a strong physical side, a good Sunderland side Ben Watson and James Vennings make their first full league starts for Charlton Athletic in today's home game against Sunderland. Former Crystal Palace and Forest midfielder Watson made his debut as a second-half substitute at Lincoln City last weekend. Vennings, 20, whose previous three league outings have all came off the bench, is set to partner him in the centre of midfield with Darren Pratley dropping into the backline. That latter change pushes Deji Oshilaja to right-back in place of Charlie Barker, who is named as one of the subs. The Addicks no longer can call upon Macauley Bonne – sold to QPR on Friday – but new signing Marcus Maddison is on the bench along with Chuks Aneke, who has recovered from Covid-19. Former Millwall attacker Aiden O'Brien starts for the Black Cats in SE7. Sunderland are unbeaten in League One this season, taking seven points from a possible nine. Charlton have lost their last two in the competition. Charlton: Amos, Oshilaja, Pratley, Famewo, Purrington, Vennings, Watson, Levitt, Oztumer, Doughty, Washington. Subs: Williams, Aneke, Morgan, Maddison, Lapslie, Barker. Sunderland: Burge, Willis,Wright, Flanagan, O'Nien, Scowen, Leadbitter, Hume, O'Brien, Graham, Gooch. Subs: McLaughlin, Power, Wyke, Xhemajli, Matthews, Diamond, Grigg.