Charlton Athletic vs Northampton Town preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Jon Brady's Northampton Town travel to Charlton Athletic on Tuesday evening as they look to make it three wins from three and further distance themselves from the relegation zone. 

Charlton will be hoping to pick up an important three points as they look to close the gap between them and the play-off spots. A win on Tuesday could take them to within a point of sixth place. 

• Team news

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer is likely to be without defender Ryan Inniss, who is suffering from a slight knock. 

Aside from that, Bowyer has a fully fit squad to chose from. Chris Gunter could slot in a right-back after coming on after 18 minutes on the weekend, replacing Adam Matthews.

Frontman Jayden Stockley has been pushing for a place in the starting XI but Chuks Aneke and Conor Washington have been preferred to him in recent weeks. 

The Cobblers are still without midfielder Scott Pollock but fans will be pleased to know he has returned the grass although it is thought that he is still a distance from being available for selection. 

It is likely that Brady will stick with the same eleven that served him extremely well on the weekend when they churned out their best result of the season, winning 4-1 at home to Portsmouth

• Predicted lineups 

Charlton Athletic:

Amos; Gunter, Famewo, Pearce, Maatsen; Watson, Forster-Caskey, Smith; Millar, Aneke, Washington. 

Northampton Town:

Mitchell; Kioso, Horsfall, Jones, Mills; Watson, McWilliams, Sowerby; Miller, Edmonson, Hoskins.

Both teams are likely to set up in a 4-3-3 formation with the system working effectively for both sides in recent weeks. 

• Ones to watch

Chuks Aneke - Charlton Athletic

Aneke has been brilliant for the Addicks so far this campaign having scored 12 and set up one other. 

The frontman has a superb eye for goal and an excellent ability to finish chances. All 12 of his goals have come from inside the box and he can make something out of nothing especially inside the 18-yard area. 

Aneke has an even spread of how he has scored his goals this season with four coming from his right foot, four coming from his left and four being with his head. He has only made 11 starts this season and has averaged a goal every 107 minutes. 

His goalscoring prowess is certainly something to keep an eye on and if he is given a chance in the final third, he is usually deadly. One the Cobblers defence will want to keep tabs on for sure. 

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Ryan Watson - Northampton Town

Ryan Watson has hit some great form in the last few weeks having scored four goals in his last two games. 

The 27-year-old is the Cobblers' top scorer this season with six goals from midfield. He has played the number ten role in textbook fashion recently, breaking forward and making runs beyond the strikers. 

Whilst Northampton have had a tough season so far, if Watson continues to perform as he has been, he will be a key figure in ensuring Northampton survive in League One. 

Charlton needs to keep a close eye on Watson because he has proved he can be a real threat as Plymouth Argyle and Portmouth found out in the previous two games. 

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• Previous meetings

Out of the last five meetings between these two sides, Charlton have won three, Northampton have won one and there has been one drawer. 

The last time the Cobblers won this fixture was back in 2017 when Michael Smith and John-Joe O'Toole scored to cancel out Jordan Rolly Botaka's goal.

When these two met in October, Charlton ran out 2-0 winners when a Darren Prately strike and a Jack Sowerby own goal gifted Bowyer's men the three points. 

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• Where to watch

This game kicks off at 19:00 BST on Tuesday 9 March 2021.

For Charlton fans, the game can be watched by purchasing a live video match pass from the Valley Pass section of their website.

The same process can be followed for Northampton fans by going to the iFollow section of their website.

Both are for a cost of £10.

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