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PREVIEW: Cambridge United

20 October 2017

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Chesterfield's next fixture sees them make the trip to 13th placed Cambridge United on Saturday for a 3pm kick off. Here's our match preview…….


Tickets are now off sale through the Proact ticket office and on the ticket office website.

However, tickets will be available to purchase on the day but supporters travelling should be advised there will be a £2 increase.

Ticket prices on the day are as follows -

Adults - £18
Seniors (64+) - £14
Students (with valid NUS card) - £14
Young adults (18-21) - £14
U18s - £10
U12 - £7

Team news

Cambridge will have a near full strength side this Saturday with Ade Azeez being the only player currently on the U's treatment table.

As for the Spireites, they will once again be without goalkeeper Tommy Lee as he recovers from injury. Gozie Ugwu and Jerome Binnom-Williams meanwhile also remain out.

Chris O'Grady has been struggling with a slight back problem but was on the bench for the win over Crawley and should be fit for this weekend.

The opposition

Manager - Shaun Derry

The former midfielder has been in charge of the U's since November 2015 and took over at the club having previously been at Notts County.

Derry began and ended his playing career at County, but also had spells with a host of football league clubs including Sheffield United, Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest, Leeds and Millwall. He meanwhile played in three Premier League campaigns, once with Crystal Palace and twice with QPR in the twilight of his career.

His adventure into management started in November 2013, taking over Notts County and helping them survive relegation. However, in March of the following season he was sacked from his position as manager after his side had won just three of their last 24 games.

In his first season at Cambridge he guided them to a ninth-place finish, before ending the 2016/17 campaign in 11th.

One to watch - Uche Ikpeazu

One of the standout players for Cambridge so far, this season has been Uche Ikpeazu who leads the club's scoring charts with five strikes.

Ikpeazu started his career with Reading but signed for Watford in 2013 after rejecting a professional contract with the Royals. He never made a first team appearance whilst at the Hornets, and had to make deal with a handful of loan spells, gaining experience at the likes of Crewe, Doncaster, Port Vale and Blackpool.

He then joined Cambridge permanently in 2016 and has played close to 50 times for the club since arriving.

Head to head

The two clubs have met 12 times in their history, with the last meeting coming in 2002 when the Spireites were defeated 4-1 away from home.

Chesterfield have won seven of those games, drawing once and losing four times to Saturday's opponents.

The pick of those games is a 4-2 Chesterfield win from the 1999/00 season when Dave Reeves scored all four of the Spireites' goals.

From the dugout

Chesterfield boss Jack Lester has been speaking about confidence following the win over Crawley Town in the week.

The victory on Tuesday will be huge for the club going into this weekend's game, but Lester acknowledges the challenge ahead.

He said: "It was a very solid performance on Tuesday, everyone worked hard and we played fast attacking football.

"Confidence is massive in football and you only get that by winning games. Cambridge have a good manager and got a good win in the week, it'll be a tough game."

Can't get to the Cambs Glass Stadium? Fear not you can still follow all the action from the game.  

Across match day we'll have: 

- Live commentary, exclusive to the internet, on iFollow. 

- 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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