MATCH PREVIEW: Charlton Athletic v Bristol Rovers

GasCast Match Previews by Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers head to Charlton this week looking to climb away from the relegation places.

Four points from the past two games have helped Joey Barton’s side move out of the bottom four and a good result at the Valley could open the gap to up to four points.

An emphatic win over play off chasing Accrington was followed up by a stalemate at home to Wimbledon and a trip to a side tipped for a place in the top six will provide another stern test for the Gas but manager Barton believes his side are more than capable of getting a result.

“They’re not Real Madrid,” Barton told BristolLive.

“We can cause them problems. They have got some talented players because if you’re trying to get promoted out of the division you should have talented players.

“We’ve got enough talented players to give them second thoughts as well. If we’re at it like in recent weeks, we can cause anyone problems.

“I am six games in now and when I came in I did think there was going to be a bit of a confidence void and a few people who were a bit trodden down.

“But I haven’t found that, they’re a group of lads who have been waiting to get organised.

“We’ve given them a platform now and we’ve just got to hope between now and the end of the season that confidence keeps growing and results keep coming to help that confidence.”

Barton could be without Alex Rodman for the match after the midfielder limped off the field in the draw over Wimbledon with a muscle strain. Club captain Max Ehmer could take his place in the starting XI, with George Williams moving out to wing back. Both Josh Grant and Anssi Jaakkola remain out.

Charlton go into the game with a big question mark over who will be taking charge for the remainder of the season after Lee Bowyer tendering his resignation this morning.

Bowyer, who masterminded Charlton’s return to the second tier, only to be relegated a season later is reportedly set to put pen to paper on a deal to manage Birmingham and the former Birmingham midfielder has discussed his decision.

“It was a difficult decision to leave,” Bowyer told the club’s website.

“Everyone knows how I feel about the club. I could have gone before but I felt it was the right thing to do to stay and help the club through the tough times we’ve been through.

“We had some amazing times and some tough times. It has been emotional leaving. I’d like to thank all the players that I’ve worked with and the staff for the hours and hours of hard work that they did. I also want to thank the supporters. We wouldn’t have had those great memories without them.

“The club is now in a place with a good owner that cares and wants to improve the place and I hope the club can continue to grow. It will always hold a special place in my heart.”

Assistant Manager Johnnie Jackson is in charge of the match this week, with a shortlist of candidates being drawn up to see who can lift the Addicks into the top six come May.

Jackson has both Ryan Inniss and Alex Gilbey at his disposal after the pair returned to training but defender Adam Matthews remains out.

Lineup Predictions:

Charlton Predicted XI (4-4-2): Amos (GK), Gunter, Pearce, Famewo, Maatsen, Pratley Watson, Morgan, Millar, Stockley, Washington.

Bristol Rovers Predicted XI (3-4-3):

Score Predictions:

Mets: Charlton 2-0 The Gas

Simon and Jack: Charlton 1-1 The Gas

Max: Charlton 0-1 The Gas