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Burton Albion Preview

25 September 2015

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Chesterfield welcome top-of-the-table Burton Albion to the Proact Stadium on Saturday, hoping to get back into the play-off positions with a three-point haul.

Injuries and red cards have blighted the Spireites' recent progress but they have their chance to earn their stripes against the team surging at the top of the League One tree.

Team News

The Spireites will be without Lee Novak after the striker picked up a thigh injury at Coventry City, while last Saturday's returning trio of Sam Hird, Liam O'Neil and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake all came through without further problems and are fit for Saturday.

Drew Talbot returns from suspension and will vie for the right-back spot with Chris Herd, who made his first start in seven months at the Ricoh Arena, playing 79 minutes.

Burton's On-loan Crystal Palace defender Jerome Binnom-Williams has overcome illness to be ready for the game while striker Stuart Beavon is likely to retain his place in the starting line-up after taking a minor back injury in the Brewers' last match.

However, the visitors will be without defender Darius Charles, out with a broken leg, as well as on-loan Wolves man Zeli Ismail, who is back training with the squad after a knee injury but isn't in contention for Saturday's match.

Form Guide

Chesterfield enter the match looking to put a recent hat-trick of near misses behind them after the matches with Wigan Athletic, Colchester United and Coventry City promised much but returned only a point, the team now lying in ninth spot.

The opposition Brewers have made a stunning start to their first ever season in the third tier of English football and head the Sky Bet League 1 table after eight games, with six losses and just two defeats.

The run has seen them win six of their last seven league matches and with all of their games this campaign won or loss by a single goal Saturday is likely to be an equally closely-fought affair.

Beavon has been the match-winner in the Staffordshire side's last two games, with the former Preston North End striker contributing four goals already in this campaign.

From the Dugout

Ahead of the match, manager Dean Saunders gave his report on what he expects from Saturday's buoyant Brewers: "They're well organised, they're solid, they'll steal the ball off of you and then they'll try to counter-attack on you. All their wins have been by the odd goal, they don't let many goals in, are good from set plays and they play together as a group.

"Scott Beavon's a decent striker who can get goals and they've got a bit of continuity about them from last season. I've explained to the players what they're all about to try and make sure we do well."

Both Saunders and his weekend counterpart Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink were noted strikers in their playing days, the Spireites coach commenting on their approach to the game.

"Sometimes you think like a striker with the way you send your team out," he said. "But some strikers go the other way and see the danger side of things.

"I just want the team to go out and entertain the supporters and win - but the winning comes first.

"We're in a good spot in the league and if we win on Saturday we go four points behind them at the top of the league. We've got three games next week and if we get three wins we'll probably end up in the top three."

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