A NEAR capacity all-ticket crowd will fill Chester's Bumpers Lane stadium tonight, for the eagerly awaited LDV Vans Trophy quarter-final derby-tie against neighbours Wrexham.
Because of Chester's current injury and suspension problems, the Welshmen will start the match as slight favourites, but City manager Ian Rush, who is a veteran of many Merseyside derby matches, is aware that such games are often unpredictable.
He said: "The form-book and favouritism regularly go out of the window in these matches.
"Of course Wrexham will go into the game as slight favourites, but the occasion and the atmosphere will play a big part in the out-come. That's why our home support will be a big help to us this evening. Their vocal encouragement can be worth a goal to us."
Rush continued: "Last Saturday's disappointing defeat is now water under the bridge. We have a great team spirit at this club and we are eager to bounce back. That's why this game coming so quickly after the Oxford match is a good thing.
"The atmosphere will be tremendous. I know that the Chester players will be lifted by it. I thoroughly enjoyed derby matches when I was a player, and I always got an extra buzz out of those games. If you don't enjoy this type of occasion quite frankly you shouldn't be in football."
Chester will still be without their injured leading scorer Michael Branch and Cortez Belle who is serving the second match of a four game suspension tonight.
However, influential mid-field player Paul Carden who was badly missed at the weekend, returns after sitting out the Oxford game because of a one match suspension.
Cheshire police are warning supporters who aren't in possession of a valid match ticket, to avoid the area surrounding the ground. Under no circumstances will any tickets be sold today.
CHESTER CITY (from): Brown, Mackenzie, Vaughan, Edmondson, Hessey, Bolland, Hope, McIntyre, Booth, Carden, Davies, Ellison, Rapley, Whalley, Lathom, Cook, Harris.