Match preview: Eastleigh (a)

Match preview: Eastleigh (a)

The Spireites look to extend their three-match winning streak as they travel down to the Silverlake Stadium to face fellow play-off contenders Eastleigh on Friday (3pm). Here is our match preview, in association with LV BET.

How to watch:

The game is available to stream on Eastleigh’s website at a cost of £7.99. You can find the stream via the following link: https://www.eastleighfc.com/live-stream/

Opposition

Manager: Ben Strevens

Fact File: Age – 40

Years spent as footballer – 19

Position – Forward

Teams played for – Wingate & Finchley (?-1999), Barnet (1999-2006), Wingate & Finchley on loan (1999), Slough Town on loan (2000), St Albans City on loan (2001), Crawley Town (2006), Dagenham & Redbridge (2006-2009), Brentford (2009-2010), Wycombe Wanderers (2010-2012), Gillingham (2012-2013), Dagenham & Redbridge (2013), Eastleigh (2013-2016), Whitehawk (2016) and Eastleigh (2016-2018).

Years spent in management – Three

Teams managed – Eastleigh (2018-Present).

Record against Chesterfield as manager – P5     W2     D1     L2

One to Watch: Tyrone Barnett

Age: 35

Position: Forward

What other clubs has he played for? Rushall Olympic (2005-2006), AFC Telford United (2006-2007), Willenhall Town (2007-2008), Hednesford Town (2008-2010), Macclesfield Town (2010-2011), Crawley Town (2011-2012), Peterborough United on loan (2012), Peterborough United (2012-2015), Ipswich Town on loan (2012), Bristol City on loan (2014), Oxford United on loan (2014), Shrewsbury Town (2015-2016), Southend United on loan (2016), AFC Wimbledon (2016-2017), Port Vale (2017-2019), Cheltenham Town on loan (2018-2019) and Cheltenham Town (2019).

This Season’s Stats in All Competitions:

Games Played: 29

Goals: Eight

Assists: None

Yellow Cards: Three

Red Cards: None

Minutes Played: 2,021

Head to Head

Chesterfield and Eastleigh have battled it out five times with each team coming away with two wins and also a draw.

The Spireites won in the last meeting when Akwasi Asante’s late winner gave his side all three points at the start of March.

Form Guide

After successive defeats, the Blues have bounced back in style with three straight victories and three clean sheets in that time.

Since Eastleigh visited the Technique Stadium at the start of March, they have only won once in six games. They also have drawn twice and lost three times during the run.

Team News

Laurence Maguire is a doubt for the game against Eastleigh after going off with an injury during the 1-0 win over Weymouth.

From the dugout:

James Rowe: “Ben [Strevens] has done a good job there. We know the challenges. We fully respect what they are doing at Eastleigh, but let’s concentrate on ourselves as well.

“Let’s get to where we want to in the game. Let’s influence the way we want to and if we can reach the levels that we did in the home game against them here, I’m sure we’ll be fine.”