Chesterfield’s style of play has drawn admiration from Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis.
Davis’s side sit bottom of the table but have won three of their last five league games and forced a FA Cup first round replay against fellow League One outfit Sheffield United last Saturday.
The Spireites meanwhile were buoyed by a 6-0 drumming of Conference Premier side Braintree Town at the same stage of the competition and will be hopeful of taking that form in to the league.
Chesterfield, under the management of Paul Cook, marched to the League Two title in a campaign which also saw the Spireites reach a Wembley final - and carried on in similar vein in August.
“Chesterfield made a good start to the season and I wasn’t surprised by that,” said Davis. “They are a good team with good players and they came into the new season after the high of winning the league.
“They had that momentum and took a few clubs by a surprise but Paul (Cook) knows that this is a tough league. They have had a few up and down results of late but they are getting one or two of their key players back and that will certainly help them going forward.
“Paul is a fine manager and a proper football man. He is a good man and has a good team at his disposal, so it is a game we are looking forward to because they will want to play the right way.”