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Spireites Host The Us

14 March 2014

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Chesterfield will host Oxford United at the Proact Stadium on Saturday afternoon in their 37th fixture of the 2013/14 League 2 campaign.

Overview
Paul Cook's side approach Saturday's game on the back of a 1-1 draw with AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday night where Ollie Banks cancelled out an early second half George Francomb strike to earn Chesterfield a point at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

The draw meant Chesterfield maintained pole position in Sky Bet League 2 with just ten games of the campaign remaining. The Spireites have been in indifferent form of late, taking eight points from their last six games but remain three points clear of fourth place Burton Albion.

Oxford United come to the Proact Stadium in a bad run of form, without a win in five games and having taken just five points from their last six. Drawing 1-1 with Cheltenham Town in their last outing at the Kassam Stadium.

Mickey Lewis' side are currently sixth in the League 2 table having taken 56 points from 36 games, five points short of the League 2 automatic promotion places.

These sides meet for the second time in the league this season after Chesterfield prevailed 1-0 in their September meeting. A first half strike from Ritchie Humphreys proved enough to separate the sides and award the Spireites all three points.

Victory for Chesterfield on Saturday could see them take a four-point lead over the chasing teams depending on results elsewhere.  

Team News
Chesterfield
New loan signings Daniel Kearns and Mason Bennett both look likely to start Saturday's game on the bench.

Dan Gardner is unavailable against Oxford United after the midfielder picked up an injury during Chesterfield's defeat at Accrington Stanley.

Drew Talbot remains sidelined as he recovers from the abductor injury that has kept him out of action for a number of weeks.

Oxford United
United will once again be without Dave Kitson as he recovers from a hamstring problem but are otherwise at full strength with Andy Whing, Jon Meades and Max Crocombe available again after long-term injuries. 

Crocombe is likely to return to the bench after Reading keeper Jon Henly's loan expired this week.

Pre Match Views
Paul Cook

Mickey Lewis
"Top of the table after this many games probably tells you that they're the best team in the league so it will be a really good test."

"They're probably the best team we've seen at the Kassam but we'll be well prepared."

Odds
Chesterfield: 8/13 Draw: 11/4 Oxford United: 9/2
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 1pm on Friday, March 14)

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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