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Walsall Preview

16 August 2016

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The Spireites look to accomplish something they didn't manage last season as they welcome Walsall to the Proact looking to win back-to-back home matches.

Saturday's 3-1 win over Swindon Town means tomorrow's hosts have accrued four points from their opening two league fixtures, with the hope of more against the Saddlers midweek.

Team News

The Spireites have no new injury worries ahead of the game. The head-bandaged Ian Evatt came through the Swindon match without any problems, while Dan Jones made a surprise return from injury off the bench.

Chesterfield supporters could well be able to welcome back Franck Moussa - albeit on the opposition side - with the Belgian who helped the Spireites win the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in 2012 while on loan signing for Walsall this summer.

Saddlers captain Adam Chambers missed his side's goal-less draw at Oldham Athletic over the weekend but could be in-line for a return at the Proact.

Talented left-back Rico Henry misses out however, after the teenager dislocated his shoulder at Boundary Park and is set for a spell on the sidelines.

Form Guide

Danny Wilson's troops had good halves in their two opening games, but were able to be consistently strong throughout their weekend win, with confidence appearing high in attack especially throughout the encounter.

The side also managed to get one over a side they'd not fared against in recent times, a similar situation as with Walsall, who won the last battle between the sides 4-1 and knocked the Spireites out of the FA Cup on penalties last season.

Much like Chesterfield, Walsall have started the season with a win and a draw in the league plus a first round EFL Cup exit. The opening day win at home to AFC Wimbledon was followed by a 2-0 loss against Yeovil Town before Saturday's Oldham point.

From the Dugout

The Saddlers finished just a point shy of automatic promotion to the Championship last season, and Danny Wilson explained that while they may have lost players over the summer they will still carry a large threat with them on Tuesday.

"They'll have a different dynamic for sure," he said. "But I'm not so sure they'll be a different prospect - they've brought some very good young players in and spent some money as well.

"I'm sure they'll be expecting to go a step further than they did last year, they'll be disappointed how that ended up but they had a tremendous season against all the odds.

"Overall, they'll be looking to kick-on from last year, they'll have the spine of the team as the same, if that's anything to go off we'll expect them to be a very tough team to break down and to beat, and a very dangerous side."

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