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Match preview: Wrexham

15 October 2019

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The Spireites travel to Wrexham this evening, looking to make it back-to-back away wins after last week's 3-1 victory at AFC Fylde. Here is our big match preview...

Tickets:

Tickets can be purchased at the stadium tonight. Admission prices are listed here.

Team News:

John Sheridan says that Anthony Spyrou will not be fit enough to be considered for selection tonight, adding that he should be available this weekend. Illness also still rules-out Laurence Maguire. Gevaro is available again after being on international duty and Anthony Gerrard is also in contention after recovering from injury.

Opposition

Manager: Dean Keates

Keates returned to Wrexham earlier this month for his second spell as manager following the departure of Bryan Hughes.

His previous stint lasted nearly 17 months before he left when they were on course for the play-offs to take charge of Walsall in March 2018.

Keates, who left Walsall in April 2019, signed a contract that will keep him at the north Wales club until the summer of 2021.

As a midfielder, Keates made over 160 appearances for Wrexham and captained the side when they won the FA Trophy in 2013.

One to Watch: Bobby Grant

Grant joined Wrexham on loan from Fleetwood Town last November before the move was made permanent in January.

A left-footed player, Grant can operate as an attacking midfielder, winger or striker and likes to shoot from distance.

Grant hails from Liverpool and started his career at Accrington Stanley before being transferred to Scunthorpe United for £260,000 in the sumemr of 2010.

He joined Rochdale two years later and scored 16 goals in 28 appearances before being sold to Blackpool in 2013.

Loans spells at Fleetwood Town and Shrewsbury Town, Grant signed permanently for Fleetwood in the summer of 2015.

The 29-year-old has scored six goals in 13 appearances this season.

Head to Head:

The two teams have met on a total of 115 occasions. The Spireites have the better record with 51 wins compared to Wrexham's total of 38. Last season, the home fixture in October ended in a 1-1 draw after Jonathan Smith struck a stoppage-time equaliser while Wrexham won 1-0 in the return match.

From the dugout:

Following last week's first away victory of the season, against AFC Fylde, manager John Sheridan is looking for a similar performance tonight. "If we play like that, we'll have a good chance of winning," he said.

 

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