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29 April 2017

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The Spireites will make a short trip tomorrow, when they take on League One champions Sheffield United (12noon). Here's our preview...

Due to Sheffield United supporters being allocated more tickets for Sunday's game, Chesterfield supporters will have to swap their tickets over on the day of the game.

Chesterfield supporters are kindly asked to go to turnstiles 13 – 15  on the Bramall Lane lower tier, where they will be given a ticket on handing over their original ticket to designated stewards. 

Only Chesterfield supporters with an original ticket will be given a new ticket as Chesterfield’s allocation sold out on Tuesday. Disabled and personal carer tickets are not affected and these tickets can still be used.

Team News

Gary Caldwell told Spireites Player HD that his team have no new injury concerns going into the clash with Sheffield United. 

Long-term injury absentees Ched Evans and Ian Evatt both remain unavailable, although Caldwell reported that Evatt has been training well this week. 

Dan Jones, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Angel Martinez will all be unavailable for the final fixture of the campaign having been informed that their contracts will not be renewed. 

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has stated that he hopes to have a fully-fit squad ahead of the local derby. 

Former Bradford striker James Hanson is expected to return from a calf injury, having missed the previous three matches. 

Jake Wright is hopeful of returning in defence having missed last weekend’s victory over MK Dons through illness, however he will face competition from James Wilson who featured in his absence. 

Form Guide

The Spireites will be looking to end the season on a high having recently been relegated and a result at local rivals Sheffield United would do just that. 

Caldwell’s side lost last time out against Charlton but he will be boosted by strong away performances against both Bolton Wanderers and Millwall during his tenure. 

Chesterfield will be looking for a first win in four having not won since they defeated Port Vale 1-0 at the Proact Stadium.  

The Blades beat Chesterfield 4-1 in the reverse fixture with goals from Kieron Freeman, John Fleck, Billy Sharp and Leon Clarke overturning Jon Nolan’s second-minute opener.

Chris Wilder’s side have won all of their last six fixtures and are in search of a win that would see them finish on an impressive 100 points. 

From the Dugout
Gary Caldwell said: “It is our job to first of all pay them the respects that they are due as champions. Then during the 90 minutes we want to give them as tough a game as they have had all season and to ask questions of them on a day when they will want to go out and enjoy themselves. 

“We want to show this league for what it is and that is a really competitive league in which no matter what position you are in, top or bottom, every game is difficult.

“We are going to have to go out there into a difficult game and we will play for pride, but that is an important thing it football. It is the minimum that you should be playing for every week. 

“If we can give the fans something, and give them something over their local rivals, in what has been a disappointing season, then it may be a small glimmer of hope moving forward.”

Can't get to Sheffield? Fear not, you can still follow all the action from the game. 

Across matchday we'll have: 

- Live commentary, exclusive to the internet, on Spireites 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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