CHESTER CITY last night completed the loan signings of Luton Town pair Dave Baylis and Ian Hillier, and both players go into the squad who face Southend United at Roots Hall this evening.
Baylis, 28, is a central defender, while Hillier, who started his career with Tottenham , can play in either wing-back position.
"Both players are extremely experienced and they will bring some extra quality to our squad," said City manager Ian Rush.
Both players have joined City with the possibility of a permanent transfer.
Southend have an excellent home record, and they will provide a stern test for Chester.
Rush said: "We know we are in for a tough game, they have only lost twice at Roots Hall this season, they are one of the form teams at the moment, and their confidence will be sky high.
"But I am more worried about us and how we perform, this is the sort of game when we will find out a lot about our players."
Rush continued: "We have only lost four times in the 19 games that have been played since we took over, but at the moment we have got to get back to basics, and play in the same vein that we did during our good run.
"This division is so close that any team is capable of beating anyone else, and anybody is capable of putting a good run together."
City will be without Kevin Ellison tonight, he is serving a suspension after being sent-off against Shrewsbury Town last weekend. Darryn Stamp misses out because of a thigh injury.
There were doubts surrounding the fitness of striker Cortez Belle but he is expected to be fit for the game.
CHESTER CITY (from): Mackenzie, Brown, Harris, Vaughan, Bolland, Baylis, Hillier, Drummond, Carden, Davies, McIntyre, Belle, Branch, Hessey, Hope, Edmondson, Booth, Whalley, Rapley.