Chesterfield: Premier step up for Spireites

The Spireites celebrate after Sam Morsy's goal against Leeds
The Spireites celebrate after Sam Morsy's goal against Leeds
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Following Spireites’ solid performance against Championship side Leeds United, Paul Cook’s men next take on Premier League opponents.

Sam Morsy’s double on Saturday earned a 2-2 draw with Leeds, Chesterfield came from behind to lead but two United penalties ensured the game was tied.

Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa have played, and won, three pre-season games to date, so they’ll be looking to continue their winning run.

The Midlanders won 3-1 at Mansfield, a Darren Bent double plus one from Gary Gardner marked Villa’s scorers.

Andreas Weinmann and Charles N’Zogbia were on target in a 2-0 win at FC Dallas whilst their second game in Texas was also won, 1-0 with Joe Bennett scoring his first goal in claret and blue at Houston Dynamo.

Villa are expected to send a strong side to the Proact for tomorrow night’s encounter, arranged as part of the deal that saw the move to Villa Park of Jordan Bowery – now at Rotherham United.

Chesterfield born ex-Blade Matt Lowton is expected to play along with the likes of Gaby Agbonlahor, Karim El Ahmadi, Fabian Delph, Phillippe Senderos and Kieran Richardson.

Joe Cole is battling to be fit whilst Christian Benteke is also set to miss out.

Ron Vlaar has not yet appeared for the club this summer after his World Cup exploits.

Cook will have to choose whether to go with Sam Hird in a defensive midfield role alongside Morsy, with Jimmy Ryan pushed up.

That selection against Leeds meant that Dan Gardner started on the bench.

Eoin Doyle was preferred to Armand Gnanduillet up front but the big Frenchman impressed when he came on at the weekend.

Villa were last in town in the summer of 2006 when they scored two second half goals to win 2-0 at Saltergate. The club will be hoping the 1,966 crowd that saw that game will be significantly beaten tomorrow night.