Spireites seek to extend their lead

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Oxford United boss Chris Wilder will be without two of his most influential players for the visit of leaders Chesterfield on Saturday.

Striker James Constable and defender Jake Wright are injured though ex Port Vale Sean Rigg could return after a hamstring problem. He’s been out for five weeks but he could be included for the top of the table clash.

With both sides unbeaten, the game is clearly the League Two match of the day and a big crowd is anticipated.

However as Spireites’ performances have been improving, Oxford’s have not. They’ve drawn three of their last four games, two of those coming at the Kassam Stadium. Whilst Paul Cook’s men have kept five clean sheets in seven games, United’s defence is always likely to concede, particularly with skipper Wright missing.

A 2-0 win at 10-man Burton Albion represents Oxford’s only shut-out, but in front of goal they’re much more at home with 16 goals being scored so far. Deane Smalley, a 2010-11 Spireite League Two Champion, has scored three of them as have ex-Millers defender Johnny Mullins plus midfielder Michael Rose and the diminutive Alfie Potter, so there’s no reliance on one goal-getter.

Chesterfield have yet to concede a goal at the Kassam.

A 1-0 win last season and a goalless draw in their only other visit mean the Spireites will be travelling to the City of the Dreaming Spires full of confidence.