All you need to know about the showpiece Wembley clash
Charlton and Sunderland will both be out to reclaim their Championship status this weekend when they go head-to-head in the League One play-off final.
The two sides were both Premier League stalwarts for several seasons in years gone by before their demise.
Now they have the chance to get back in England’s second tier with victory at their Wembley showdown this weekend.
talkSPORT will have full, comprehensive coverage of the big game as this season’s thrilling League One campaign comes to an end.
Charlton reached Wembley after a remarkable semi-final win over Doncaster.
Two thrilling ties saw the Addicks draw 4-4 with Rovers on aggregate before a penalty shoot-out at the Valley decided it.
Charlton boss Lee Bowyer said: “To lead this unique set of players out at Wembley, with our fans singing their hearts out like they do, I think it will be an emotional time for me.”
Sunderland moved a step closer to an immediate return to the Championship with a more straightforward 1-0 aggregate triumph over Portsmouth.
Chris Maguire’s volley in the first leg of their tie proved enough to get the Black Cats back to Wembley.
Sunderland manager Jack Ross said: “We have another opportunity now to go to Wembley and achieve ultimately what we set out to do at the start of the season. It just becomes a really important game for us.”
Charlton vs Sunderland: How to listen
Mark Saggers will be hosting our coverage of the big game this Sunday.
We will bring you all the build up from Wembley before handing over to our commentary team for the match. Natalie Swayer will then be on hand for all the post-match news and views.
To tune into our coverage just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.
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Charlton vs Sunderland: Kick-off time
The League One Play-Off final will get underway at 3pm on Sunday, May 26.
In the regular season, Sunderland won 2-1 at home thanks to Lynden Gooch’s 90th-minute strike before it ended in a 1-1 draw at the Valley.
Charlton vs Sunderland: Team news and line-ups
Charlton are without Igor Vetokele due to injury but have no other fitness concerns. Darren Pratley could replace Albie Morgan in midfield but that is likely to be the only change from the side which battled past Doncaster in the second leg of the play-off semi-final.
Aiden McGeady could return for Sunderland after missing the last four games. Jack Ross otherwise has a fully fit squad to choose from.
Confirmed line ups to follow…
Match stats and facts
- Charlton have lost just one of their last eight games with Sunderland in all competitions (Won 3, Drawn 4). That defeat came on the opening day of this season’s League One campaign – a 1-2 loss at the Stadium of Light.
- Charlton are playing at Wembley for the fifth time. Their last appearance at the national stadium was against Sunderland in the 1998 First Division play-off final when they won a dramatic encounter on penalties.
- Amongst all club sides, only Newcastle United (eight) are currently on a longer winless run in matches played at Wembley than Sunderland, who have drawn two and lost four of their last six such games.
- Aiden McGeady, who scored a brace for Sunderland at Wembley this season in the EFL Trophy final against Portsmouth, has been directly involved in 20 goals across all competitions in 2018-19 (14 goals, 6 assists), the most of any Black Cats player.