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Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final head-to-head

27 March 2014

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Chesterfield and Peterborough United will face each other for the first time in over six years when the two teams meet on Sunday at Wembley in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final.

Their last encounter came back in February 2008 when Peterborough won 2-1 at Chesterfield, with the Spireites having won 3-2 at London Road earlier in that campaign.

Those games are just two of the 43 matches contested between the clubs and it's Chesterfield who have the historical upper-hand with 18 wins compared to Peterborough's 12.

However, it's the Posh who have a healthier record in cup competitions with four wins, two draws and one defeat from five FA Cup and two League Cup matches.

Going into the showpiece fixture both teams have won only twice in their most recent seven league matches. Chesterfield have slipped to third and three points from the top of Sky Bet League 2, while Posh are clinging onto the final Play-Off spot in Sky Bet League 1.

This will be their first coming together in The Football League Trophy as Peterborough compete in their first Final, whereas Chesterfield are looking to reclaim the title they won back in 2012 when beating Swindon Town under the arch.

Here are some of the key battles that could take place on the Wembley turf this weekend:

Ian Evatt v Britt Assombalonga

A tale of experience versus youth sees 32-year-old Ian Evatt come up against Britt Assombalonga, who is in only his second full season of professional football.

Assombalonga is Sky Bet League 1's second-top goalscorer with 19 - part of his 27 goals this season from 48 appearances in all competitions. He has netted twice in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy so far this campaign and, despite being just 21-years-old, will be playing in his second Final having appeared for Southend United in their defeat to Crewe Alexandra in 2013.

Evatt is a strong, resilient defender whose presence at centre-back has helped the Spireites to three clean sheets in their past four outings. With over 400 career appearances to his name, the former Blackpool and Queens Park Rangers defender's reading of the game will mean Assombalonga will have to work hard to add to his goal tally on Sunday.

Gary Roberts v Mark Little

It remains to be seen how both teams will line-up for the Final, but at some stage we are likely to see Sky Bet League 2's Player of the Year Roberts face up to Peterborough defender Little.

Roberts can play on either wing and is likely to switch during the match, while Little could be at right-back or right wing-back depending on Posh's system. Either way, with 11 goals in 40 appearances this season, Roberts is showing some of his best form in a Chesterfield shirt and will prove a handful for Little.

The Posh man, in his fourth season at the club, likes to get forward at every opportunity but might see his attacking intent inhibited by Roberts' own desire to go forward, ensuring a tough battle on the wing.

Sam Morsy v Michael Bostwick

Sam Morsy has been earning plaudits from Spireites fans all season for his committed, energetic displays in the heart of midfield and he'll be challenging an equally committed Michael Bostwick who started the season at centre-back but has since moved up the pitch.

Both were in danger of missing the Final due to suspension; Bostwick picked up an eighth yellow card in the Area Final second leg and has been on nine cautions for six matches, while Morsy has been on eight for the past six games. A two-game ban is issued for players who receive 10 bookings before 13th April.

Those disciplinary records highlight both players' willingness to get about on the pitch and do the dirty work in protecting the defence while also setting up attacks. Watching the two come head-to-head should make for entertaining viewing.

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