SPIREITES: Chesterfield FC v Leyton Orient match preview

NSST 30-7-14 Chesterfield vs Aston Villa - Armand Gnanduillet - Pic James Williamson
NSST 30-7-14 Chesterfield vs Aston Villa - Armand Gnanduillet - Pic James Williamson

Chesterfield are waiting to find out the extent of Armand Gnanduillet’s ankle injury, which saw the Spireites striker miss the midweek match against Preston, for the visit of Leyton Orient.

Paul Cook, the Chesterfield manager, has options in attack with recent additions Byron Harrison, Caolan Lavery and Mani Dieseruvwe all fighting for a place up top for the play-off chasing Spireites.

Harrison and Lavery were the preferred option on Tuesday against Preston and the two strikers pressed high but shooting opportunities were largely limited after Sam Hird’s dismissal after three minutes.

Hird’s straight red card will see the defender serve a suspension against Orient, with Charlie Raglan, who came on to partner captain Ian Evatt in defence in place of Dan Jones, likely to be included.

Chesterfield will look to bounceback against basement side Orient, managed by former Genoa boss Fabio Liverani, as they target a place back among the top six after slipping out on goal difference.

The Spireites remain in good form - five wins from their last ten in the league - and will be desperate to complete a double over Orient following a 2-1 win in the reverse fixture on the opening day of the season.

Whereas Saturday’s opponents, who were League One play-off finalists last season, are rooted to the foot of the table this time around and have lost seven of their last ten in the league, winning two.

Those two wins came over Yeovil and Crawley, both camped in the relegation zone and have played two games more than Orient, and the other game in that sequence was an away draw at high-flying Preston.

And it is on the road where Orient have been strong this campaign, recording the vast majority of their points away from Brisbane Road (17 - the same as Chesterfield) compared to just nine on home soil.

Liverani, compared to Roberto Mancini by owner Francesco Becchetti, has a wealth of attacking options to chose from as well with recognised forwards Chris Dagnall, Darius Henderson, Dave Mooney and Kevin Lisbie.

Last time out

Chesterfield: (4-4-2 v Preston): Lee; Darikwa, Evatt, Hird, Jones; O’Shea, Morsy, Ryan, Clucas; Harrison, Lavery

Leyton Orient (4-4-2 v Notts County): Cisak; Cuthbert, Baudry, Lowry, Sawyer; Pritchard, Vincelot, J. Wright, Dagnall; Lisbie, Mooney