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Spireites Host The Exiles

4 April 2014

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Chesterfield will host Newport County AFC at the Proact Stadium on Saturday afternoon in their 41st fixture of the 2013/14 League 2 campaign.

Overview
Paul Cook's side approach Saturday's game on the back of a 3-1 defeat to Peterborough United in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Posh were two-nil up at half-time following goals from Josh McQuoid and Shaun Brisley. Eoin Doyle pulled a goal back early in the second half but Britt Assombalonga's 77th minute penalty sealed it for Darren Ferguson's side.

With Chesterfield not featuring in the league last weekend, teams surrounding the Spireites played their game in hand and left the top eight League 2 sides equal on 40 games played apiece.

The Blues have been in indifferent league form of late: Winning two, drawing two and losing two of their last six league outings, leaving the Spireites five points clear of fourth place Fleetwood Town and four points below league leaders Rochdale.

Newport County come to the Proact Stadium having won just one of their last ten league games, losing 2-1 to Portsmouth in their last outing at Rodney Parade. Ismail Yakubu's late strike was not enough to overturn Pompey's two-goal lead earned through goals from Ryan Taylor and Jed Wallace in a feisty fixture that saw the home side receive two red cards.

Justin Edinburgh's side are currently 16th in the Sky Bet League 2 table having taken 49 points from 39 games, the Exiles sit nine points clear of the relegation zone with a game in hand over 23rd place Northampton Town.

These sides face each other for the second time in the league this season after Newport prevailed 3-2 in the early December meeting where ten-man Chesterfield fell to goals from Danny Crow, Robbie Willmott and Andy Sandell.

Victory for Chesterfield on Saturday could see them climb to second place in the Sky Bet League 2 table depending on results elsewhere.

Last Time We Met

Team News
Chesterfield
Drew Talbot has suffered a recurrence of the abductor injury that has kept him out of action for recent weeks and will not be available to feature on Saturday.

Manager's Views
Paul Cook

Justin Edinburgh
"We need to be at our best to get anything out of the game. We're going to one of the favourites for the league but we take a lot of heart and spirit."

"We know we're capable of beating them but we're certainly going to have to be very good on the day."

Odds
Chesterfield: 4/6 Draw: 14/5 Newport County: 4/1
Sky Bet have Chesterfield as strong favourites going into Saturday's game and have given the away side little chance of taking something from the fixture.

To place a bet on Saturday's game or any other football match across the country, sign up for a Sky Bet account via Chesterfield's official link.

(Odds accurate as of 11am on Friday, April 4)

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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