Who's playing?

Chester FC v Bromley – Vanarama National League.

When and where?

Saturday, March 5 (3pm) at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium.

Any team news?

Chester welcome back midfielder Tom Shaw after he recovered from a bruised foot but will be without club captain Ian Sharps after he pulled his hamstring in the 1-0 defeat to Tranmere.

Sharps joins Luke George, who also has a hamstring problem, on the sidelines and his absence will mean a reshuffle at the back and most probably a return to four in defence.

Johnny Hunt and Ryan Higgins could come back into the side as full-backs while Danny O'Brien is another option. Teenager Sam Hughes should keep his place in midfield along with Ryan Lloyd.

What has Steve Burr had to say about it?

"They come to us on good form," said Burr when asked about Bromley.

"I watched them on Tuesday against Welling and we know how difficult it's going to be but it's important that we focus on what we can do and get back to that sort of performance we showed against Altrincham.

"We need the fans to stick with us and get behind us like they do because as a young group when you make a mistake and people get on your backs it can lead to him clamming up and bringing the worst out of him.

"We want the encouragement for 90 minutes but I know and I've said to the lads the encouragement will come through your own performances and lifting the crowd because they will always get right behind you, there's no question about that."

Tell me about Bromley...

Promoted as Conference South champions, the Ravens have had a mixed first season among non-league's elite but overall it has been a decent campaign.

It has not been without challenges however and the club took the decision to part company with manager Mark Goldberg at the start of February following a run of one win from 10 games.

Moses Emmanuel has been in excellent form for Bromley this season
Moses Emmanuel has been in excellent form for Bromley this season

Bromley beat Wrexham on the opening day of the season but did not win again until September, however that was the start of a six-match winning streak which had some people tipping them as play-off outsiders.

The Ravens were not able to maintain that form and when results tailed off, Goldberg paid the price for the club's slide down the table. Caretaker boss Neil Smith has steered them clear of trouble with a run of three straight wins, the latest being a 2-0 victory over Welling United in midweek.

Moses Emmanuel has been the headline maker with 19 goals but solid defender Jack Holland and midfielder Ali Fuseini are ones to watch too.

What's their recent form like?


What happened the last time the two sides met?

Missed opportunities and individual errors combined to condemn the Blues to a 3-0 defeat at the end of September.

The damage was done in the first-half with clinical finishing from Bromley proving the difference. The Blues dominated large spells of the game but didn't take their chances.

Moses Emmanuel punished a mistake from Ben Heneghan for the first goal before Louis Dennis doubled the lead, again the damage was self-inflicted from Chester's perspective.

Emmanuel got his second before half-time to complete the scoring but it could have been different had Craig Hobson, Ross Hannah and Ian Sharps not spurned gilt-edged chances.

What are the match odds (Oddschecker)?

Chester 6/5, Draw 45/17, Bromley 32/13.

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

A bright day with bright spells but also a few showers, which could turn wintry on high ground. It is likely to feel chilly in the northerly breeze. Temperatures of around 6°C.