Barnet v Chesterfield preview
Last Updated: 04/05/18 11:55am
Barnet will be without Simeon Akinola as they try to avoid joining opponents Chesterfield in being relegated from League Two.
The midfielder was carried from the field on a stretcher during the win at Morecambe with what turned out to be a torn Achilles. Alex Nicholls came on to replace Akinola last weekend and he is in contention to start on Saturday.
Ryan Watson is another option for Bees boss Martin Allen, whose team must win and hope Morecambe's result at Coventry goes in their favour if they are to survive.
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On-loan defender Sid Nelson will be absent for bottom-of-the-table Chesterfield, whose relegation has already been confirmed. Nelson suffered a broken hand and a suspected leg fracture during the Spireites' home win against Newport on Tuesday night and he has returned to parent club Millwall for treatment.
Giles Coke looks to have recovered from his Achilles injury and the midfielder is hoping to feature on the final day of the season. Caretaker boss Ian Evatt could once again include youngsters Jacob Brown and Jack Holmes in his squad.
Barnet have only managed to win one of their last six home league meetings with Chesterfield (D2 L3), a 3-1 victory in April 2010.
The Spireites have failed to score only once in the last 10 league matches between these two sides (W6 D2 L2), scoring exactly two goals in four of the last five (W3 D1 L1).
Barnet, who are unbeaten in their last four league games (W3 D1), need a victory against Chesterfield and for Morecambe to lose against Coventry in order to remain in League Two for a fourth consecutive season.
However, the Bees haven't won three consecutive league games since December 2016.
Chesterfield have won just two away league games this season, fewer than any other side in League Two.
Last season it was Newport who completed a remarkable late escape and this season it could be Barnet, who kept themselves in the hunt for survival with a dramatic late win at Morecambe last week.
Barnet likely need to win and for Morecambe to lose to maintain their EFL status, and while I doubt it will be straightforward, I think that Martin Allen and Co will be celebrating their survival on Saturday night!
David Prutton predicts: 2-0 (13/2 with Sky Bet)