CHESTERFIELD: Spireites among promotion favourites

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The recent signing of Sam Togwell for Spireites has helped cement the B2net side as third favourites for the League Two title.

While Rotherham United remain top dogs with most bookies, with odds ranging from 3-1 to 7-2, John Sheridan’s side is quoted between 8-1 and 12-1. Newly promoted Fleetwood are second favourites at between 5-1 and 13-2.

Bristol Rovers, Southend United, Oxford United and Gillingham are predicted to be the most likely play-off contenders with Accrington Stanley and Barnet the favourites for relegation.

With just two and a half weeks before Chesterfield’s first friendly at Matlock Town, the squad still looks a little under-manned in certain positions, with the left side being the weakest area for cover.

Owner Dave Allen said there would be no loans during the season, though that’s been interpreted more as a strategic statement rather than a tactical one in case of medium or long term injuries. The current squad of 21 is one short of the target size but it’s believed the annual player wages budget has been reached.