Six-Pointer for City
14 January 2017
Chesterfield and Coventry City meet on Saturday afternoon in a League One fixture of vital importance at the foot of the League One table.
Although they are below their opponents in the relegation zone, the Sky Blues will head into the clash in more confident mood after unexpected points gained against Peterborough and Bolton, the Football League Trophy win against Brighton and the arrival of four new signings since the start of January.
Chesterfield will be led by caretaker manager Richie Humphreys after last weekend's sacking of Danny Wilson following defeat at Bradford City and another blank in front of goal for the Spireites.
Speaking to the official club website defender Ryan Haynes said: 'We've got a good squad now, the new signings have been good for the team. It has bought a bit of depth to the team, and that showed on Tuesday with the rotation.'
Chesterfield Team News:
Main goal threat Ched Evans missed the midweek defeat at Luton Town in the Football League Trophy but could be fit to return while Humphreys could also pitch in Spanish midfielder Angel Martinez for his first league action in well over a year after a serious knee injury.
Player to watch: Ian Evatt
The 35-year-old Coventry-born central defender is still going strong at the heart of the Spireites rearguard.
Coventry City Team News:
Captain Jordan Willis should be fit while Slade has new signings Nathan Clarke and Kevin Foley available after being cup-tied for the Brighton match and Jordan Turnbull back from suspension to give the manager some genuine selection issues in defence.
Player to watch: Stuart Beavon
The arrival of the experienced striker from Burton Albion looks to have had a transformative effect on the whole team with the new signing delivering the non-stop performances up front, bringing his colleagues into the game, that Russell Slade promised he would.
Match Facts & Stats
City have gone nine league matches without a victory since the 2-0 triumph against Chesterfield in the return fixture at the beginning of November, Jordan Willis and substitute Andy Rose scoring the goals for the Sky Blues.
Nicholas Kinseley has been appointed as the referee and will be assisted by Mark Duncan and Chris Isherwood with Andy Haines the fourth official. Mr Kinseley has taken charge of 19 matches to date this season, issuing 82 yellow cards and 5 reds.
Both sides have home matches next Saturday as Chesterfield host AFC Wimbledon and City entertain Fleetwood Town at the Ricoh Arena.