Live: Chesterfield v Swindon
Sunday 14:00 (Sky Sports 2)
Chesterfield put their League One relegation fears to one side for a couple of hours on Sunday as they meet League Two leaders Swindon in the final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. The clubs may be going in different directions in their respective divisions but they meet as equals in North London.
- Chesterfield are six points from safety at the foot of League One after four matches without a victory, with the latest of those a home defeat against Huddersfield in midweek. The Spireites knocked out Notts County and Tranmere in the early stages of this competition, then edged past Preston on penalties before a two-legged defeat of Oldham in the area final.
- Swindon are seven points clear at the top of League Two after seeing off second-placed Torquay on Tuesday night. They have won 13 of their last 15 in league action and knocked out Exeter, Wimbledon (on penalties), Southend and Barnet over two legs to make it this far.
- The clubs have faced each other ten times since the turn of the century, with Chesterfield winning three of those and Swindon five. They last met in 2006, when both were in League One. The Robins edged that clash 2-0 at the County Ground, with Jamie Cureton striking twice.
- Three of Chesterfield’s JPT matches have produced over 2.5 goals at the end of normal time, but this has only been the case in two of their last nine in league action. However, their two defeats in the other domestic cups both saw over 2.5.
- Two of Swindon’s five JPT games have seen over 2.5 goals after 90 minutes, with both of those ending 2-1 in the Robins’ favour. In the league their last three have ended under 2.5 and that has been the case in 21 of their 37 matches.
- Three of the Spireites’ five victories in this competition have been secured by a one-goal margin, with one of those coming to nil. That is one of eight clean sheets John Sheridan’s men have managed in all competitions this term. They have failed to score in ten league matches this season, with four of those coming on the road.
- Swindon conceded exactly once in each of their first four JPT games this term, with the fifth ending 1-0 in their favour. Their two victories in normal time came by a one-goal margin. Paolo di Canio’s men have kept 22 clean sheets in all competitions, including in each of their last five home outings in League Two.
- Four of Chesterfield’s JPT games have been level at the break, with three of those ending in their favour and another in a draw, before the Spireites won on penalties. They were behind at the break at Notts County in the second round but came back to secure a 3-1 success. In league action, they have been ahead at the interval eight times, but have only won three of those, drawing four and losing one.
- The Robins are yet to concede in the first half in this competition. They have been ahead at the break in three of their five matches, going on to win twice and draw the other. In league action they have been leading in 18 games, winning 15, drawing twice and losing once, with that defeat coming at Shrewsbury in August.
- Leon Clarke has netted nine times in all competitions for the Spireites this term but the striker is no longer with the club. Of those who remain, Jordan Bowery and Craig Westcarr have both struck eight times, with three of Bowery’s coming in the JPT.
- Alan Connell leads the Robins’ scoring charts with 11 in all competitions, including the crucial winner against Barnet in the area final second leg. League Two player of the year Matt Ritchie has netted ten times, while Paul Benson has nine.
- Oxford and Crewe have both shown in recent weeks that Swindon aren’t invincible and if Chesterfield are to trouble the Wiltshire side, Craig Westcarr is likely to be at the heart of their charge. The 27-year-old roams in from the flanks and if he’s not kept in check he is capable of creating as well as adding to his two strikes in this competition.
- Midfielder Matt Ritchie has won plenty of admirers this term and the 22-year-old is the focal point of Swindon’s attacking play. The former Portsmouth trainee is a threat from set-pieces and isn’t afraid to strike from range.
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