Who's playing?

Chester FC v Aldershot Town – Vanarama National League.

When and where?

Tuesday, March 8 (7.45pm) at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium.

Any team news?

Although Luke George is nearing a return, tonight's game is likely to come too soon for the former Southport midfielder while defender Ian Sharps will be missing for another fortnight or so.

Steve Burr will therefore select from the same squad that was available for the weekend's draw with Bromley, however with his side in desperate need of a win it would not be a surprise to see changes.

The back four will most probably be the same but Craig Mahon's bright contribution off the bench could earn him a start while Tom Shaw's experience could see him come into the team and Nyal Bell is pushing for a start ahead of James Alabi.

Aldershot will be without midfielder Damon Lathrope and leading scorer Charlie Walker. Cheye Alexander, Joe Oastler, Omar Beckles and Sean McGinty have started the last 10 games together in defence while Dan Walker and Tom Richards are pushing for recalls.

Dan Walker, right, could return to the Aldershot starting side tonight
Dan Walker, right, could return to the Aldershot starting side tonight

What has Steve Burr had to say about it?

The Chester boss said: "It's like all games and Saturday was a big game and a must-win game and now we go into Tuesday with another must-win game.

"It doesn't get easier but that's what you're in the game for and we'll get the boys up for Tuesday and go again.

"I do look at league tables because you've got to know what's going on. We've been on a disappointing run there's no question about that."

Tell me about Aldershot...

The Shots come into the game sitting three places above the Blues in the National League table, but with five more points on the board Barry Smith's men have no immediate relegation concerns.

Aldershot went down to their second defeat in seven games at the weekend, losing 2-0 at Lincoln City. Tonight will be their fourth consecutive away game.

Smith's side have a better record on the road than at home, picking up 24 of their 45 points in 2015-16 on the road.

Millwall striker Alfie Pavey is on loan to Aldershot until the end of the season
Millwall striker Alfie Pavey is on loan to Aldershot until the end of the season

The Shots have struggled for goals so the absence of top scorer will be a blow and Smith is expected to continue with on-loan duo Alfie Pavey and Ross Lafayette, who gave Chester problems when with Welling United, up front.

There's plenty of experience in the Aldershot ranks with midfielder Jim Stevenson in line to make his 50th league appearance for the club and England C international Jake Gallagher, sent-off twice against Chester last season, will make his 150 career appearance.

What's their recent form like?


What happened the last time the two sides met?

The Blues fell to a 3-1 defeat at Aldershot back in January as an inexplicable refereeing decision and a nightmare five minutes at the start of the second-half cost them dear.

Referee Brett Huxtable somehow failed to spot a clear penalty and definite red card for home keeper Phil Smith at the end of the first period when the game was goalless.

And then two goals in the space of two minutes from Sean McGinty and Alfie Pavey soon after the restart meant that instead of potentially being 1-0 up against the 10 men, the Blues were 2-0 down against 11.

John Rooney pulled one back with a stunning strike and the comeback looked possible as the Shots wobbled but a late strike from Jim Stevenson eased the home fans' nerves to secure the points and take them above the Blues in the table.

What are the match odds (Oddschecker)?

Chester 7/5, Draw 13/5, Aldershot 21/10.

What is the weather expected to be like (Met Office)?

Cloudy start but throughout the afternoon, skies will begin to clear with sunny spells developing. There will be another band of rain moving in tonight, which will be heavy at times but Chester is expected to escape the worst. Temperatures of around 6°C.