Who's playing?

Chester FC v Macclesfield Town - Vanarama National League.

When and where?

Monday, December 28 (3pm) at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium, Chester CH1 4LT

Any team news?

Following the postponement of the Boxing Day game at Altrincham, Chester should be refreshed and ready to go.

The Blues have no fresh fitness concerns and are likely to name an unchanged side from the 4-1 win at home to Torquay United before Christmas.

That means Ross Hannah, who has scored 11 times in his last nine games, will partner Danny Hattersley in attack, while Ryan Lloyd has extended his loan from Port Vale and will continue in midfield.

Macclesfield went down 2-1 at home to Tranmere Rovers on Boxing Day and have lost three from four in the league, although John Askey's side did win four in a row before that.

Macclesfield Town boss John Askey
Macclesfield Town boss John Askey

Leading scorer Kristian Dennis continued his excellent season as he cancelled out Steve McNulty's opener before Michael Ihiekwe netted the winner for Tranmere.

Central midfielder Paul Lewis was sent off for two bookable offences so will miss the trip to Chester with Danny Whitehead his likely replacement.

Tell me about Macclesfield...

While the Silkmen's recent form does not read particularly well with three defeats from their last four league games, Macclesfield are enjoying another successful season and head into this game in sixth place, four points outside the play-offs.

Despite having a modest budget and one of the division's smallest squad, Macc boss John Askey has turned them into a competitive outfit who are tough to beat.

Macclesfield Town's home ground Moss Rose
Macclesfield Town's home ground Moss Rose

The loan signing of Kristian Dennis, who scored against Chester for Stockport County in the FA Cup last season, has been a masterstroke and he has 19 goals so far to top the National League scoring charts.

Veteran midfielder Danny Whitaker has been around for a long time but remains a creative force while full-backs Andy Halls and David Fitzpatrick look to get forward as much as possible. One player familiar to Chester fans will be Chris Holroyd, who started his career with the Blues.

What's their recent league form like?


What happened the last time the sides met?

Back in August the Blues stole the most dramatic of wins at Moss Rose with Craig Hobson's last-gasp strike leaving Macclesfield shellshocked.

Macc looked to have taken the points thanks to Danny Whitehead's strike on 53 minutes, punishing poor defending from an out-of-sorts Blues.

Craig Hobson and his team-mates celebrate the winning goal
Craig Hobson and his team-mates celebrate the winning goal

John Rooney and substitute George Thomson had attempts cleared off the line but Chester had all but run out of ideas with a minute left on the clock.

However, replacement Tom Peers stabbed home Rooney's free-kick in the final stages and a point would have been a fine result in the circumstances.

But that wasn't the end and in the fourth and final minute of time added on, Hobson brought a long pass under control, turned and rifled a shot into the bottom corner to send the 800 travelling Chester fans wild with delight and secure a third win of the season.

What are the match odds?

Chester 11/8, Draw 23/10, Macclesfield 9/5 (Sky Bet).

What is the weather going to be like?

A bright start with long sunny spells through the morning. Turning slightly cloudier during the afternoon but remaining dry. Temperatures of around 10°C.