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Match Preview – Bristol R vs Charlton

Last Updated: 14/03/19 6:11pm

Abu Ogogo faces a late fitness test before Bristol Rovers select their starting XI for Saturday’s League One visit of Charlton.

The midfielder suffered a hip injury in Tuesday’s victory at Gillingham, but remains in contention. Should he miss out, Stuart Sinclair is likely to replace him again.

Defender Tareiq Holmes-Dennis and midfielder Joe Partington are expected to miss out again due to knee and calf injuries respectively.

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Charlton manager Lee Bowyer could make changes to the team that beat Burton on Tuesday, having recognised they had looked tired. Midfielders Krystian Bielik and Jonny Williams are expected to miss out again with hamstring injuries.

Full-back Lewis Page and midfielder Jake Forster-Caskey, with respective tendon and knee injuries, plus defender Jason Pearce, who has an ankle problem, are longer-term absentees. Should Bowyer rotate his starting XI, forward Igor Vetokele, midfielder George Lapslie and winger Mark Marshall are among those pushing to start.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League One clash between Gillingham and Bristol Rovers.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League One clash between Gillingham and Bristol Rovers.

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Bristol Rovers are winless in their last seven league games against Charlton (D3 L4), losing four of their last five.

Bristol Rovers have only lost two of their last 20 home games in all competitions versus Charlton (W10 D8).

Whilst Bristol Rovers have conceded a league-low six goals via set-piece scenarios this season, Charlton have scored the most from such situations in League One (24).

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League One match between Charlton and Burton.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League One match between Charlton and Burton.

Charlton have only lost one of their 12 league games in 2019 so far (W6 D5) and are unbeaten in six since losing 1-0 at Fleetwood in February (W3 D3).

Lyle Taylor’s penalty against Burton Albion in midweek was Charlton’s 10th league goal scored from the spot this season, the first club to reach that total in the top four tiers of English football.

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