Charlton vs Doncaster preview: League One play-off semi-final second leg live on Sky Sports
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Last Updated: 17/05/19 7:58pm
Charlton host Doncaster at The Valley as the EFL play-off semi-final schedule concludes on Friday night.
It's the Addicks who hold the advantage ahead of the second leg, after goals from Lyle Taylor and Joe Aribo helped Lee Bowyer's men to a 2-1 victory at the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday afternoon in the first meeting.
The odds are, seemingly, stacked against Doncaster. Not only have they only won just one of their last 10 games on the road, but the last team to fail to progress to the Sky Bet League One play-off final having won the first leg were Carlisle in the 2007/08 season. In spite of this, Rovers boss Grant McCann says his side will "give everything" to reach Wembley.
Charlton boss Lee Bowyer has no fresh injury concerns as he attempts to guide the Addicks into the League One play-off-final. Striker Josh Parker limped out of the 2-1 first-leg victory at Doncaster, but the issue was only cramp and he will be fit for the return at The Valley.
However, fellow frontman Igor Vetokele, who missed the last two games with a thigh problem, will sit out once again.
Doncaster manager Grant McCann has a full squad to choose from as he targets a second win at The Valley this season. McCann was unimpressed by his side's opening 45 minutes in the first leg of the semi-final and replaced veteran midfielder James Coppinger with Tommy Rowe at the break, but has vowed to "go for the jugular" with a trip to Wembley at stake.
Midfielders Alfie Beestin and Ben Whiteman are both fit after recovering from injury, but neither made the 18 for Sunday's game.
Charlton boss Lee Bowyer: "We've got a one-goal lead going into the home leg, so we're in a good position, especially with our home record this season. But we have to respect Doncaster, they're a good side. They've got players that can hurt you and they're good from set-pieces.
"We just have to be professional and have the right attitude and not take our foot off the pedal, which I doubt will happen anyway because the group that we have has been exceptional all season."
Doncaster boss Grant McCann: "We've got to this stage and we're here because we deserve to be here, make no mistake about that.
"We've proven over 46, 47 games that we're a good team, so let's not settle for second best, let's make sure we give everything and if we come unstuck and things don't go our way, then at least we can hold our hands up and say we gave it everything we have.
"We're two wins away from playing in the Championship and when you say it like that, it does make you think. Something like that can change the lives and careers of everyone in that changing room."
- Since the start of last season, Charlton have only lost once in six clashes with Doncaster in all competitions, winning three and drawing two, including a 2-1 victory in the first leg at the Keepmoat.
- Charlton have won five of their six home league games against Doncaster (L1), keeping clean sheets in each of their five victories; this is the first time they've met at The Valley in the play-offs.
- Charlton are unbeaten in their last 17 league games at the Valley (W13 D4), winning each of the last six - the Addicks haven't won seven home league games in a row (inc. play-offs) since August 1998.
- Doncaster won just one of their last 10 away League One games of the season (D4 L5), a 1-0 victory at bottom of the league Bradford City.
- Each of the last five teams to win the first leg of the League One play-offs away from home have progressed to the final - the last team to fail to do so were Carlisle against Leeds in the 2007-08 season.
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- Since Lee Bowyer's first game in charge of Charlton on March 24, 2018, the Addicks have won more league matches (including play-offs) than any other non-Premier League side (33 wins).
- Doncaster strike John Marquis has just scored just one goal in his last eight away League One matches, however he did score in his last such appearance against Oxford.
- Lyle Taylor has been directly involved in 13 goals in his last 11 league games (inc. play-offs) for Charlton (10 goals, 3 assists); scoring and assisting against Doncaster last time out.
I thought Charlton were really good in the first leg, they were very composed and controlled the game. There was a slight touch of fortune with both goals, but they seemed to be in control of the game. Matty Blair's goal does give Donny a glimmer of hope, but they just seemed to lack a bit of belief that they could actually get something from the game.
I can see Charlton going through, especially given the form that they're in. They've won the last six at home and are unbeaten in their last 13 games. They're in terrific form, and I think Donny will find it tough.
David Prutton predicts: 1-0 - Charlton progress 3-1 on aggregate (11/2 with Sky Bet)