It’s matchday today (6.30pm) when Chesterfield take on Gary Monk’s Middlesbrough, who drew with Oxford United in the first match of their Iberian pre-season camp.
The Spireites will be without Jerome Binnom-Williams (ankle) whilst Kristian Dennis (calf) and Jordan Sinnott (quad) are unlikely to be risked in the game at Vila Real de Santa Antonio, in the same stadium where the team played out a goal-less draw with Benfica B on Tuesday.
Boro used their full squad in the Oxford game, lining up as follows: First half: Ripley, Christie, Ayala, Mahmutovic, Friend, Clayton, Forshaw, Tavernier, Traore, Ramirez, Gestede. Second half: Dimi, Baptiste, Fry, Gibson, Fabio, Leadbitter, Howson, Soisalo, Downing, Stuani, Bamford.
The quality of players that Chesterfield will have to come up against is extremely high with many of Monk’s squad playing in the Premier League last season, but Boro are not quite as advanced in their pre-season programme as Chesterfield, who returned to work back on June 19, so the squad have had four tough weeks to get into shape.
Undoubtedly there’ll be talk amongst the fans of a certain robbery in 1997 in what is the first meeting between these two clubs since August 2010, when Boro narrowly won 2-1 in only the Proact’s second competitive match at the start of a season where Town went on to win the League Two title.