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PREVIEW: CHESTERFIELD (H)

17 February 2015

The Iron entertain Chesterfield at Glanford Park on Tuesday looking to make it successive home wins following Saturday’s impressive victory over Swindon Town.

A brilliant second half display saw Mark Robins’ side turn the game around to win 3-1, despite trailing the game at the break thanks to Michael Smith’s goal.

Chesterfield visit the Iron having suffered back to back defeats to Preston and Leyton Orient, although they still sit in seventh place and just a point outside the play-offs.

In the January transfer window the Spireites lost top scorer Eoin Doyle, with the striker departing the club to join Championship side Cardiff City.

Doyle had been replaced by Sheffield Wednesday strikers Caolan Lavery and Mani Dieseruvwe, plus ex-Iron Mark Duffy, who played over 100 times for the club, has joined on a one month loan from Birmingham.

Mark Robins will still be without midfielder Gary McSheffrey as he completes the second game of his two match ban for receiving ten yellows this season.

Kevin van Veen made his first start for the Iron on Saturday and scored so will be hopeful of retaining his place in the starting line-up.

Robins may look to rotate his squad though, with a busy schedule of fixtures ahead, including a trip to Preston on Saturday.

This will be the fifth time this season that the two sides have met, playing once in the league, twice in the FA Cup and also in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Chesterfield have won two of those, winning the league encounter 4-1 and the FA Cup replay 2-0 after extra time, with the Iron winning the JPT tie 2-0.

In this season’s league meeting, the recently departed Eoin Doyle netted a hat-trick and Sam Morsy scored for the Spireites. Paddy Madden opened the scoring for United, but it ended 4-1 to the hosts.

The last league meeting at Glanford Park ended 1-1, with Sam Winnall scoring for the Iron and Doyle on target once again for Chesterfield. Both sides went on to secure promotion to League One last season.

Out of a total of 57 matches played between the two sides, Chesterfield have a slightly better record than the Iron, winning 24 compared to Scunthorpe’s 17, with 16 draws between the two sides.

Ahead of the game, see our article on the matchday officials, as well as the betting preview, picking the best odds from the league’s official sponsor, Sky Bet.

If you cannot make it to Glanford Park to see if the Iron can win at home for the second time in four days, keep track of the action by tuning into the club’s official social media channels or the official website, with live updates available from kick-off.

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