Match preview: Notts County (a)

The Spireites play their first game in three weeks as they travel to Meadow Lane to face in-form Notts County on Saturday (3pm). Read our big match preview, in association with LV BET.

How to watch:

A reminder that this game is behind-closed-doors – please do not attempt to access the stadium or the car park.

The game is available to stream on Notts County’s website at a cost of £12. You can purchase the stream via the following link:

Commentary on the match will be provided in association with Elastic FM. A link to the commentary will be posted on our website and social media channels in the build-up to kick-off.

You can buy your 50/50 tickets for Saturday’s game at just £1 per ticket. There is no limit to the number of tickets you can buy so why not increase your odds of winning and purchase multiple tickets.


Manager: Neal Ardley

Fact File: Age: 48

Years spent as footballer – 16

Position – Right Midfielder

Teams played for – Wimbledon (1991-2002), Watford (2002-2005), Cardiff City (2005-2006) and Millwall (2006-2007)

Years spent in management – 13

Teams managed – Cardiff City Academy (2007-2012), AFC Wimbledon (2012-2018) and Notts County (2018-present)

Record against Chesterfield as manager – P10     W5     D2     L3 

One to Watch: Kyle Wootton

Age: 24

Position: Striker

What other clubs has he played for? Scunthorpe United (2014-2020), Lincoln City on loan (2015), North Ferriby United on loan (2016-2017), Cheltenham Town on loan (2017), Stevenage on loan (2017), Halifax Town on loan (2018), Notts County on loan (2019-2020).

This Season’s Stats in All Competitions:

Games Played: 20

Goals: 11

Assists: None

Yellow Cards: Three

Red Cards: None

Minutes Played: 1,741

Head to Head

In Chesterfield and Notts County’s long histories, the two teams have battled it out 72 times with the Spireites winning 22 times.

Notts have 31 wins from the 71 games, with them winning each of the last three meetings in all competitions.

Form Guide

Chesterfield are coming back from a three-week period without a game. Before the isolation interval, the Blues had five points from their last nine and were unbeaten in four game in all competitions.

Notts County are in good form with five wins out of their last five, including a penalty shoot-out win over Havant & Waterlooville in the FA Trophy.

Team News

Adi Yussuf is in line to make his debut after signing for the Spireites earlier this month. James Rowe admitted in his pre-match press conference that Nathan Tyson is close to making his return from injury.

Tom Whelan will be serving his first of his three-match suspension after the red card against Dagenham & Redbridge last month.

From the dugout:

James Rowe: “Their structure is good. Obviously, we need to look at ourselves first and foremost and worry about what we can bring to the game.

“You always have to respect your opponent and Notts County are probably one of the best opponents I’ve faced in my tenure here.”