MATCH PREVIEW: Charlton Athletic v Bristol Rovers

GasCast Match Previews by Simon Gray

Charlton Athletic welcome Bristol Rovers this week with the away side chasing a fourth win in a row.

Rovers’ initially had a stuttering start under new boss Paul Tisdale with no league wins out of his first three games, but The Gas have since gained maximum points from their last two matches, including an emphatic 3-0 win over Plymouth last time out.

One of Rovers’ scorers in the win over Argyle was Luke McCormick, and the on loan Chelsea midfielder spoke after the game of his development and how the squad is improving under Tisdale.

“With the level of the squad we have we should be higher than we are in the table, but football’s a funny game sometimes,” McCormick told BristolLive.

“We’ve got to pull together and play for the badge on the front of the shirt, rather than the name on the back. If we keep putting in performances like that we’ll be fine.

“I love playing for Bristol Rovers, I feel like a Rovers player and I just want to kick on now.”

“It was about time, it feels like it’s been coming for ages. The gaffer’s big on reactions and those five seconds where you can get in front of your man to score.

“Obviously, it just fell to me today off the back of a great ball from Zain who’s got the quality to put it into that area and I just gambled and thankfully it went in.”

Rovers will be without James Daly for the midweek match after the forward was pictured with his foot in a cast before the win over Plymouth. Anssi Jaakkola is also a doubt after he missed the game with Argyle. Should Jaakkola not be fit enough to start, Jordi Van Stappershoef will retain his place in goal after a man of the match display on Saturday.

Fifth placed Charlton have been inconsistent of late after a strong start to life back in League One.

The Addicks, who were relegated from the Championship last term, picked up 22 points from their first 10 games but have stuttered of late, gaining eight from their last six which included losses to struggling Burton and MK Dons.

Charlton did bounce back from these defeats with a resounding 5-2 win over Wimbledon last time out and although they trailed at half time, manager Lee Bowyer was pleased with his side’s all round performance.

“It was entertaining for the neutral and for the owner, I hope he enjoyed it,” Bowyer told the club’s website.

“We controlled large parts of the game and we were a side on the front foot. We made a lot of chances and today we took care of that final pass around the box which we haven’t always done, so I’m happy.

“I thought we were very good from start to finish apart from a five minute lapse of concentration and they scored two goals from nowhere. The first 40 minutes was the most comfortable I felt this season.

“At half-time I told them there was no need to panic, we will score and go on to win the game if we keep playing the way that we were.”

Bowyer will be without Akin Famewo after the defender injured his ankle in training prior to the win over Wimbledon, he joins Alfie Doughty on the sidelines.

Bowyer may opt to recall Deji Oshilaja after the central defender came back from a period of isolation. Oshilaja came off the bench in the win over Wimbledon and is more suited to the role than makeshift centre back Darren Pratley.

Lineup Predictions

Score Predictions:

Max – Charlton Athletic 2-2 The Gas

Mets – Charlton Athletic 1-2 The Gas

Simon – Charlton Athletic 2-1 The Gas