The U’s head to the Valley on Saturday having won three games on the bounce and will be buoyed on by over 1,500 travelling fans...
The U’s make the trip to South London off the back of three successive wins in three different competitions, with Mark Bonner’s men running riot in their last league outing in Gloucestershire.
Cambridge United form: DLWWW
Played in torrential conditions, former Cheltenham Town loanee Sam Smith gave United the lead after 37 minutes, before Mattie Pollock’s own goal just seven minutes after the restart sparked a rampant second half United performance in which saw Joe Ironside bag himself a 25-minute perfect hat-trick, much to the travelling U’s fans delight.
Prior to Tuesday night’s 5-0 win against Cheltenham Town, wins against both Exeter City and Walsall saw United progress in the FA Cup and Papa John’s Trophy respectively.
Saturday’s hosts Charlton found themselves sitting four points shy of safety in 22nd following the dismissal of Nigel Adkins at the end of October. However, a run of five wins in eight, coupled with just the sole League One defeat to Shrewsbury Town, has seen the Addicks rise to 14th in League One under the tenure of interim manager Johnnie Jackson.
Charlton Athletic form: DLWWW
An impressive performance in their previous league outing saw the Addicks run out comfortable 2-0 winners over manager-less Ipswich Town. With League One form striker Jayden Stockley, who’s now bagged nine goals in as many games, giving Charlton the lead before Alex Gilbey sealed the three points late on.
Key Player: Jayden Stockley
The former Preston and Exeter man heads into Saturday’s fixture enjoying a real purple patch, having scored in nine of his last nine games in all competitions – most recently bagging in the Addicks’ win over Ipswich Town throughout midweek. The 6’1” striker will again no doubt be key for the Addicks if they are to continue their impressive run in League One against the U’s on Saturday.
Down Memory Lane
Saturday’s Valley clash will see the U’s and Addicks meet competitively for the first time this millennium, with both sides playing out a 0-0 draw the last time they met in the old First Division back in 1992. United's last win away at Charlton came with the Addicks playing at Upton Park in 1991, with John Taylor and Dion Dublin both on the scoresheet in a 2-1 win for John Beck's side.
History favours Mark Bonner’s side heading into Saturday’s game, with the U’s enjoying eight wins over Saturday’s opponents since 1973, three more than their counterparts, who beaten the U’s on five occasions over the last 49 years.
U’s Head Coach Mark Bonner is anticipating an tough match against an inform Charlton side: “Their form since Johnnie Jackson's taken over has been exceptional, but is unsurprising. You look at the squad and the experience in depth they have; they should not be mid table, let alone near the bottom end of the table.
“The expectation there is obvious, 25,000 supporters will certainly be expecting to come and see Charlton beat Cambridge at the weekend, but little Cambridge want to turn up and see if they can do something and will be buoyed by 1,500 fans that will love being there”
“At the end of the day we want to try and be competitive and we enjoy these games because it is another example of how far we have come. We want to show that we can go toe-to-toe with the top teams and there is no doubt Charlton are one of them.”
Interim Addicks boss Johnnie Jackson is wary of the attacking threat Cambridge United pose: “Hopefully there are goals but only on one side,” said Jackson. “They have got goals in them; they scored five in the week and they are a capable team. We have done our homework on them and we know that they will pose threats.
“However, my team is in a really good place. I am really pleased with how it’s been going. The boys are buzzing. They can’t wait to play again, especially at the Valley. We will be up for it if we turn up like we did on Tuesday night. Cambridge will be up for it and we have to make sure that we match those levels again.”
Benjamin Speedie will take charge of Saturday’s clash at the Valley, with Mark Derrien and Paul Kelly being appointed as the game’s assistant referees while Fourth Official Michael Chard will oversee the game from the touchline.
How to Watch
The clash kicks off at 3:00pm, with tickets available at the Valley on Matchday. Away supporters will be in the Jimmy Seed Stand with tickets priced as follows:
- £26 – Adults
- £21 – 65+
- £21 – Under 21s
- £17 – Full Time Students
- £14 – Under 18s
- £8 – Under 11s
International U’s will be able stream the action live with an iFollow Match Pass. Match Passes cost £10 and are available to purchase by clicking here.
The best way to stream the match is by doing so via the EFL iFollow App but please note, the App is only for streaming and supporters can't purchase their Match Passes through the application.