Charlton Athletic v Shrewsbury Town preview
Charlton Athletic v Shrewsbury Town preview

Charlton play in front of the Sky cameras again on Thursday evening, in the first leg of the play-off semi-final.

The Addicks finished 16 points adrift of Shrewsbury in the final table,‎ but are favourites with the bookmakers to make the trip to Wembley at the end of the month.

Lee Bowyer is likely to restore Ben Reeves, Josh Magennis and Nicky Ajose to the starting line-up, as he seeks to take a lead to the New Meadow on Sunday.

Bowyer will field his regular defence of Ezri Konsa, Patrick Bauer, Jason Pearce and Player of the Year, Jay Dasilva, in front of Ben Amos.

Ahmed Kashi and Jake Forster-Caskey are likely to be in the engine ‎room, flanked by Mark‎ Marshall and Reeves.

Bowyer must decide whether to use fit again, Tariqe Fosu, from the bench. The manager will also have Stephy Mavididi available, so will have options if he needs to change the course of the game.

‎Charlton could look like this:

Amos; Konsa, Bauer, Pearce, Dasilva; Marshall, Kashi, Forster-Caskey, Reeves; Magennis, Ajose.

Subs: Phillips, Dijksteel, Aribo, Jackson, Mavididi, Fosu, Zyro.

‎The referee will be Simon Hooper from Wiltshire.

It will be a tense, nervy night at The Valley. A big crowd is expected, and Bowyer expects them to play their part as he explained at the Player of the Year dinner on Monday:

“Thursday is a massive occasion for everyone, for the players, for the staff and for you guys (the supporters) who come and support us every game, and I can’t thank you enough for the support you’ve given me during my time in charge.

“I would hope that everyone will be there on Thursday because the lads will need you 100 per cent. We’ve got two massive games coming up and I know that they’ll be ready for Thursday.”