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PREVIEW: Rochdale

24 December 2016

The Spireites face a tough away trip on Boxing Day as they travel to fifth-placed Rochdale for a Sky Bet League 1 encounter.

Venue - Spotland
Kick off - 3pm.

Ticket News

Tickets for the match are now off sale at the Proact ticket office, but fans are able to pay on the day.

Team News

Jon Nolan serves the final game of his three-match ban but Conor Wilkinson is available once again after on-loan striker was unable to play against his parent club Bolton Wanderers last time out. Otherwise Danny Wilson is expected to pick from the same squad who were available for last week's game with Bolton Wanderers.

Rochdale counterpart Keith Hill will be without the services of both Brian Barry-Murphy and Peter Vincenti for the game, and is likely to name an unchanged side for the match.

Form Guide

Liam O'Neil's goal was enough to give the Spireites a 1-0 win over high-flying Bolton last week, a result which meant they moved out of the League One relegation zone. Last week's win was Chesterfield's third in their last four league games.

Rochdale meanwhile head into the match off the back of a 3-2 victory away at Northampton Town, their fourth victory in their last five matches. Keith Hill's side are in fifth place, eight points off the automatic promotion places. Ominously for the Spireites, Rochdale have won their last eight home league games.

The two teams have already met twice at Spotland this season, in the EFL Cup back in August, and also in the Checkatrade Trophy earlier this month, a match which the Spireites won 2-0 thanks to goals from Laurence Maguire and Ched Evans.

From the Dugout

Speaking ahead of the game, Wilson has urged his players to pick up from where they left off against Bolton.  

"It will be an interesting game, Rochdale are a good side," he explained. "they're not in the top six for no reason at all.

"They know how to win games, and they're a very offensive team but they have conceeded goals as we know. We'll have to be on on our toes, and expect a similar contest to what we had last week against Bolton.

"We don't want to go there and it be 'after the lord mayor's show' and not put a display on. But we know if we put on a display like we can then we've got a good chance of getting something out of it."

Can't get to Spotland? Fear not you can follow all the action from the game. Across matchday we'll have: 

- Live commentary, exclusive to the internet, on PlayerHD 
- Minute-by-minute coverage for the club's Twitter page
- Updates and images from the club's Facebook and Instagram feeds 
- Stats and reaction across the weekend on the official site

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