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Mansfield Visit the Proact

27 September 2013

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Chesterfield will host local rivals, Mansfield Town, on Saturday afternoon in their ninth fixture of the 2013/14 League 2 campaign.

DON'T FORGET: 1PM KICK-OFF

Overview

The Spireites will be looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season having taken 22 points from eight games, including wins against Accrington Stanley, AFC Wimbledon and most recently, Oxford United.

The 1-0 win at the Kassam Stadium last weekend kept Chesterfield at the top of the League 2 table, four places and seven points above Saturday's opponents, Mansfield Town.

The Stags approach this fixture on the back of a seven game unbeaten streak in the league, including wins against Dagenham & Redbridge, York City and a 3-0 victory over Northampton town last weekend.

This will be the Nottinghamshire side's first visit to the Proact Stadium as the two teams have not faced each another since November 2008 where goals from Jamie Ward and Jamie Winter were enough to secure a 3-1 for the Spireites in the FA Cup.

Team News

Chesterfield
Matty Brown is still recovering from a hamstring injury and will not be available for selection against Mansfield Town.

Nathan Smith is suffering from a recurrence of his ankle injury that kept him out of the closing stages of the 2012/13 campaign and will not feature on Saturday.

Mansfield Town
Chris Clements (knee) and Martin Riley (suspended) will not feature in the sell-out match at the Proact Stadium.

Managers' Views

Paul Cook


Paul Cox
"The players are building up to it and getting excited but that's what were in football for, that's what everyone's in football for."

"It's nice that both teams have got off to a great start as long as the game's played in the right way, there's a good atmosphere and if we go about our business like I know we can do then I'll be happy."

"The first 15/20 minutes will be important, both teams will want to get their respective games going and set the tone for the rest of the game."

Fan's View

Keith Johnson - aged 57 - Whittington Moor  
"Chesterfield host their fiercest rivals, Mansfield, for first time in five years, last time we played them was in the FA Cup at Saltergate, a game we won 3 - 1. The season before we did the double over them in the league 2 - 0 home and 3 - 1 away.

The league stats are level, 25 wins each and 14 draws, but we have a FA Cup win and two League Cup victories to their one, one of which we won 5 - 0 at Field Mill in the 70's.

Score prediction 3 - 0."

Odds

Chesterfield: 5/6 Draw: 13/5 Mansfield Town: 16/5
Skybet have undefeated Chesterfield as favourites going into Saturday's derby game.

(Odds accurate as of 12pm on Friday, September 27)

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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