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Spireites Host The Grecians

18 April 2014

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Chesterfield will host Exeter City at the Proact Stadium on Friday afternoon in their 43rd fixture of the 2013/14 League 2 campaign.

Overview
Paul Cook's side approach Friday's game on the back of a 2-1 win over Hartlepool United at Victoria Park last weekend. Chesterfield fell behind in the 24th minute after Luke James broke free of the Spireites back line and calmly finished beyond Lee but the away side struck back with two goals either side of half time from Liam Cooper and Eoin Doyle to overturn the deficit and take three points.

Chesterfield were the only team in the top six League 2 sides to pick up a win in last weekend's fixtures meaning the Spireites climbed to within two points of leaders Scunthorpe and opened a five-point gap between themselves and fourth place Fleetwood Town. 

The Blues have taken 11 points from their last six league games as they chase promotion into Sky Bet League 1. Victory for Chesterfield on Friday could see them reclaim the League 2 top spot and move eight points clear of the play-off positions depending on results elsewhere.

Exeter City arrive at the Proact Stadium having won just two of their last ten league games and having taken nine points from the same period. 

The Grecians drew 1-1 with Cheltenham Town in their last outing at St James Park. Jordan Moore-Taylor opened the scoring for the home side after just 12 minutes but the Robins levelled through Byron Harrion as the game approached the half-hour mark and the sides left with a share of the spoils.

Paul Tisdale's side are currently 20th in the table having taken 48 points from 42 games. With four games remaining, Exeter are just two points clear of 23rd place Northampton Town and the League 2 relegation zone.

These sides face each other for the second time in the league this season after Chesterfield prevailed 2-0 in the late December meeting. Goals from Ollie Banks and Marc Richards were enough to seal victory for the Spireites and leave them top of the Sky Bet League 2 table going into Christmas.

Last Time We Met

Team News
Chesterfield
Drew Talbot remains sidelined after he suffered a recurrence of the abductor injury that has kept him out of action for a number of weeks.

Ollie Banks will not feature against the Grecians as the young midfielder has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2013/14 campaign following the injury he picked up in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final against Peterborough.

Jimmy Ryan will serve the second of his two-match ban against Exeter after the midfielder picked up his tenth yellow card of the season in Chesterfield's 1-1 draw with Newport County.

Manager's Views
Paul Cook

Paul Tisdale
"Chesterfield will be a tough nut to crack. We have watched them play in our scouting lead-up to the game, and they are a good side. They are strong, they attack very well and they have a good record.

"We will have to get our game in tune and we have to play to our strengths. We have to back ourselves in terms of the perceived strengths and weaknesses of both sides, and try to minimise their strengths and get ours on show.”

Odds
Chesterfield: 8/13 Draw: 14/5 Exeter City: 9/2
Sky Bet have Chesterfield as strong favourites going into Friday's game and have given the away side little chance of taking something from the fixture.

To place a bet on Friday'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 18)

Coverage
If you can't make the game on Friday 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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