Posh travel to the Valley to face Charlton Athletic on Boxing Day (3pm).
Peterborough United travel to the Valley to face Carabao Cup quarter-finalists Charlton Athletic on Boxing Day and will come up against a familiar face in the dugout with ex-Posh defender Dean Holden appointed as the new Addicks boss ahead of Christmas.
Holden replaced Ben Garner, who spent just six months in charge of the club, who are one of a number of clubs in League One who has played in the Premier League. Posh go into the game off the back of an enforced break following the postponement of the scheduled fixture with Shrewsbury Town at the Weston Homes Stadium due to a frozen pitch.
Posh have one or two players overcoming illness, but manager Grant McCann has confirmed no fresh injury worries in his squad with only midfielder Ollie Norburn currently on the treatment table. Goalkeeper Harvey Cartwright is back in training at Posh and could be available for selection.
The Addicks have obviously played twice since Posh were last in action, losing at home to Bristol Rovers in the league and defeating Brighton and Hove Albion on penalties in the Carabao Cup. Jayden Stockley is expected to lead the line despite the managerial change.
ONE TO WATCH
Jesurun Rak-Sakyi (pictured) has provided the X-Factor for the Addicks with the Crystal Palace loanee causing plenty of problems from wide areas. He is quick, tricky and direct and has already notched five goals in his 18 appearances for the club so far this season.
FROM THE GAFFER
“I have watched Charlton in person against Bristol Rovers and they actually played quite well for at least a third of that fixture and my analyst was in the stands for their cup win over Brighton and Hove Albion. The Valley is always a tricky place to go. They will get a bit of a bounce with a new manager and Dean Holden is a man that I know well. We were in the same under 21 group together, it is good to see him being given an opportunity in management,” McCann said.
Tickets are available on the day at the Valley. No tickets are on sale in advance now. Just under 300 tickets had been sold ahead of match day.
Match passes are available both domestically and overseas priced at £10 and audio passes are also available priced at £2.50.
PLAYED FOR BOTH
There have been a few players to have played for both clubs down the years including striker Conor Washington (pictured below right), goalkeeper Ben Alnwick, attacking midfielder Erhun Oztumer (pictured below middle) and front man Omar Bogle. Among the others include Phil Chapple, George Boyd, Andrew Crofts, Garry Breen, Miguel De Souza, Josh Davison (pictured below left), Garry and Alan Kimble and Ricky Miller. Current under 18s boss Jamal Campbell-Ryce also played with distinction at the Valley.
Lee Tomlin scored a superb solo goal for Posh in a fixture at Charlton, but for sheer importance, you can’t beat the 1-0 win at the Valley in the promotion year behind closed doors. Jonson Clarke-Harris netted the winner after Joseph Bursik had produced a fine penalty save.
Posh will be wearing the black kit for the fixture.
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- Live match updates on our official Twitter feed @theposh.
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MAN IN THE MIDDLE
The match referee is Darren Drysdale.