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Match Preview: Brentford vs Charlton Athletic

The Addicks head to TW8 this evening

7 July 2020

Griffin Park plays host to its final ever League derby tonight as Charlton Athletic make the trip across the capital in the Sky Bet Championship. Lee Bowyer's side are not out of relegation danger yet while we will be eyeing up another three points to keep the pressure on at the top. Below you will find all the info ahead of tonight's big game.

THE OPPOSITION

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Charlton's march towards Sky Bet Championship safety was halted last time out as they suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of South London rivals Millwall. Before that, Lee Bowyer's side had taken seven points from a possible nine since the restart, without conceding, to pull out of the bottom three. 

The Addicks started the season superbly and sat second heading into the first international break. However, since then Bowyer's men have slowly slid down the table in their first season back in the second tier. 

A lack of goals has been their issue. The Addicks have drawn a blank in 13 of their 41 league games this term and haven't netted from open play since February. Athletic will be without top scorer Lyle Taylor, who has 11 goals in 17 starts this season, as he refused to play following the restart.

THE MANAGER

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Lee Bowyer is a former professional footballer who made more than 600 appearances in English football. Born in Canning Town, London, he joined Charlton as a schoolboy. He went on to play for teams including Leeds United, West Ham and Newcastle. He was also capped by England in 2002 under Sven Goran Eriksson, playing against Portugal in his only appearance.

At his peak, he played a key role in Leeds' Champions League campaign in 2001, scoring goals against AC Milan, Barcelona and Anderlecht. At his worst, he was involved in a fight with Magpies teammate Kieron Dyer on the pitch against Aston Villa in 2005.

Spells at Birmingham City lead to a final bow at Ipswich Town, where he retired in 2012. Three years later, Bowyer was back coaching at Watford before joining the youth setup at Charlton. In 2017, he was named Assistant Manager under Karl Robinson, eventually going on to take the top job in March 2018.

TEAM NEWS

Thomas Frank welcomed back Mathias Jensen during Saturday's victory over Wigan Athletic but did see Shandon Baptiste limp off just before half-time. 

Lewis Page (groin) is Charlton's only absentee as Bowyer looks set to shuffle his pack again having made seven changes for their game against Millwall on Friday night. 

PRE-MATCH VIEWS

🆚 Charlton Live's Louis Mendez takes us inside The Addicks' camp

⚖ John Brooks will be the man in charge tonight

DAVID RAYA PRESS CONFERENCE 

MEMORABLE MEETING

HOW TO FOLLOW

Tonight's game will be broadcast live on iFollow for Season Ticket Holders and Match Ticket Purchasers.

Any Season Ticket Holders or Match Ticket Purchasers who haven't received an email with their iFollow code should email enquiries@brentfordfc.com as soon as possible.

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Match Passes are also available for the game

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