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Chesterfield v Swindon: Di Canio to celebrate first Wembley visit

| 24.03.2012

Paulo Di Canio is preparing to make his first visit to Wembley as either a player or manager and it is set to end in joy for the Italian as Swindon lift the Johnson Paint Trophy with victory over Chesterfield at 8/11.

Despite the pair being in different divisions, there is effectively only one place separating them, with Chesterfield propping up League One and Swindon heading the League Two standings.

These respective positions mean that Swindon should head to Wembley in a greater state of confidence.

Swindon have won ten of their last 12 fixtures in all competitions and perhaps most notably have a far superior away record to Chesterfield this season.

It is 13/10 that Swindon secure victory inside the 90 minutes and their squad will be boosted substantially by the arrival of John Bostock and Jay McEveley, who bring Premier League experience and could make their debuts for Di Canio’s men.

Swindon have won on three of their four previous visits to Wembley.

However, it was on their latest trip that they suffered defeat, when losing a League One play-off final to Millwall in 2010.

Chesterfield are 21/10 to beat Swindon in normal time and 1/1 simply to lift the Johnson Paint Trophy, which may be big value given their more lofty league status.

Current form often means nothing in any cup final as Luton proved when defeating Scunthorpe in the same competition in 2009 and Chesterfield will certainly see the game as a welcome distraction to their league concerns.

Of the other betting markets on offer, 7/4 for Swindon to keep a clean sheet could be decent value as they have proved adept at shutting out the opposition of late.

Swindon have kept clean sheets in five of their last seven games, while Chesterfield are without cup-tied striker Neil Trotman.



Richard Anderson