Preview - Charlton Athletic
Another day, another game for West Ham United as they head through the
Blackwall Tunnel to take on Charlton Athletic on Saturday.
The Hammers' latest pre-season friendly comes less than 48 hours after their
dramatic penalty shootout victory over Birkirkara in the UEFA Europa League
and matches them up against Sky Bet Championship opposition for the first
time this summer.
The first team's other friendlies have seen them draw 3-3 with Peterborough
United and defeat Southend United by the odd goal in five and a healthy
contingent of senior players will be on show at The Valley.
Charlton have had a packed schedule so far in pre-season, and Saturday's
match will be their seventh friendly.
Previous results include a 2-0 victory over Dagenham & Redbridge and a win
by the same scoreline at Welling United. A trip to Belgium saw the Addicks
lose 1-0 to KRC Genk and 4-0 to Sint-Truiden.
West Ham and Charlton have been regular opponents over the years, although
this will be the Hammers' first trip to The Valley since 2007.
In all, the two teams have faced off 40 times in competitive action, with
West Ham leading the head-to-head by 16 to 14.
The Addicks have been outside the top flight since 2007, and dropped down to
League One two years later, but bounced back to their current level in 2012.
Charlton had a season-and-a-half as tenants at the Boleyn Ground in the
early 1990s with their Valley home out of use, but they returned to south
east London in 1992.
West Ham United
Slaven Bilic will continue to mix his squad with a heavy schedule over
pre-season, so the first team stars who missed out at Birkirkara are likely
to feature at Charlton.
That means new signings Dimitri Payet and Angelo Ogbonna are set to be
involved, with the likes of Enner Valencia, Diafra Sakho and former Charlton
keeper Darren Randolph also at Bilic's disposal.
Addicks boss Guy Luzon has added three new players to his squad this week,
with Ahmed Kashi, Cristian Ceballos and Zakarya Bergdich all making their
way to The Valley.
Rhoys Wiggins is doubtful after picking up an ankle injury, while former
Hammers goalkeeper Stephen Henderson is also a doubt.
West Ham have played two friendlies so far this summer, alongside their four
UEFA Europa League games, and have a win and a draw to their credit.
Darren Randolph and Diego Poyet both played for Charlton at the start of
their careers, the latter winning the Addicks' Player of the Year award in
The Addicks' Stephen Henderson spent two years as a West Ham player between
2012-14, making two appearances for the Club in the League Cup.
The Valley seats 27,111 and has been Charlton's home in two spells, between
1919-1985 and from 1992 onwards.
Tickets, travel, weather and coverage
Directions to The Valley can be found here.
The Jubilee line serving North Greenwich has no planned disruption on its
eastern end, while Southeastern trains serving Charlton from London Bridge
are also scheduled to be running as planned.
Tickets for the game are priced at £10 Adults and £5 Concessions.
Friday's rain should have cleared by the time the game kicks-off, with sunny
intervals forecast for Saturday afternoon. Temperatues will reach 19C (66F)
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