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Chesterfield Host The Pilgrims

13 December 2013

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Chesterfield will host Plymouth Argyle on Saturday in their 20th fixture of the 2013/14 League 2 campaign.

Overview

The Spireites come into Saturday's game on the back of a 6-5 penalty shoot-out victory over Oldham Athletic in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Tuesday night. In the league Chesterfield have taken nine points from their last six games, falling 3-2 to Newport County in their last league outing at Rodney Parade. 

The defeat at Newport left Chesterfield second in the Sky Bet League 2 table, one point behind leaders Oxford United and 14 places and ten points above Saturday's opponents, Plymouth Argyle.

The Pilgrims approach this fixture having taken 11 points from their last six league games. A 1-0 defeat to Burton Albion in their last league outing at Home Park ended an eight-game unbeaten streak in all competitions for the Devon side.

Since falling to the Brewers, Plymouth took on Welling in the second round of the FA Cup where goals from Andres Gurrieri, Curtis Nelson and Lewis Alessandra sealed a 3-1 victory for the League 2 outfit. 

John Sheridan's side last visited the Proact Stadium in April this year and prevailed 2-1 through goals from Joe Bryan and Curtis Nelson, ending the Spireites play-off ambitions for the 2012/13 season.

Team News

Chesterfield
Both Liam Cooper (ankle) and Jimmy Ryan (shoulder) picked up knocks in the Spireites' midweek win over Oldham Athletic in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and are unavailable for selection on Saturday.

Gary Roberts picked up a hamstring injury in the opening exchanges of Chesterfield's FA Cup tie against Southend United last weekend and won't be available against Plymouth.

After missing out on the Johnstone's Paint Trophy match in midweek, Jay O'Shea (flu) and Armand Gnanduillet (thigh) have both recovered from their minor set-backs and are fully fit for the weekend.

Callum McFadzean was cup tied for Tuesday's game against Oldham but will return for selection on Saturday.

Sam Morsy (knee) and Nathan Smith (ankle) have been out for a longer period of time with their respective injuries and will miss out against the Pilgrims but both are closing in on a return to first team action. 

Plymouth Argyle
Argyle's on-loan forward Tope Obedayi has failed to recover from a hamstring tear picked up in the Pilgrims’ last league game against Burton in time to play a part in this weekend’s visit to Chesterfield.

Manager's Views

Paul Cook

John Sheridan 
"It'll be a very tough game, they've got a lot of good people and I've got a lot of fond memories but I'm going there to win the game.

"They've had one or two not great results and we're in decent form ourselves and we'll go there confident of getting something from the game."

Odds

Chesterfield: 4/6 Draw: 11/4 Plymouth Argyle: 4/1
Skybet have Chesterfield as strong favourites going into Saturday's game.

(Odds accurate as of 11am on Friday, December 13)

Coverage

If you can't make the game on Saturday you can follow the action through live commentary on Spireites Player and minute-by-minute text updates on Chesterfield's official Twitter account.

Spireites Player is also the best place for all post match reaction and highlights after the final whistle and over the weekend.

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