Match Previews

Match Preview: Chesterfield v Albion

Tom Rogic's away shirt hanging in the dressing room.

The Baggies will want to make a winning start to their Emirates FA Cup campaign when they play National League side Chesterfield at the Technique Stadium on Saturday afternoon (ko 3pm). 

Carlos Corberán's team are unbeaten in their last three league games heading into this weekend's cup tie, and they'll be keen to extend that to four in the East Midlands. 

After a positive response to defeat at Coventry in the Sky Bet Championship, the boss has described Saturday's third-round clash in England's oldest cup competition as a "very important" occasion.

And it will be a game their opponents will be relishing, with the Spireites also on a three-game winning run going into Saturday's clash. 

Grady Diangana in action for Albion, in away colours.

Ticket details

Tickets for Albion's FA Cup Third Round clash at Chesterfield have now sold out.

There will be 1,988 Baggies fans at the Technique Stadium, with an extra batch of seats being snapped up following the sell-out of the initial allocation earlier this week.

Follow the match live

Albion supporters with an existing WBATV subscription can listen to all the action from Saturday's FA Cup tie on WBA Radio. 

The usual audio passes will not be available due to the rights held by the FA over the competition.

However, monthly audio passes priced at £4.50 remain available to purchase for those wishing to listen to this weekend's cup tie by securing an active subscription. You can get yours here.

Our opponents

It's been a strong season so far for Paul Cook's Chesterfield, who sit third in the National League table behind Wrexham and Notts County.

The Spireites have won seven of their last eight league fixtures, with that sole defeat coming against Halifax Town in the first week of December.

The club's home form has been impressive too. Their last league defeat at the Technique Stadium came back in early October.

2023 got off to a brilliant start for the East Midlands outfit, who bested Scunthorpe United 4-1 on New Year's Day despite having gone a goal down in the 20th minute.

Chesterfield are not without history in the FA Cup having reached the semi-finals in the 1996/97 season, in which they forced Middlesbrough to a replay courtesy of a thrilling 3-3 draw after extra time at Old Trafford.

The Spireites were pushing to become the first third-tier side to ever make the final of the famous competition, but were undone 3-0 in the replay, which was played at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium.

While they're still in the early stages of the competition now, a result in the home side's favour on Saturday would certainly reignite dreams of another historic run.

Chesterfield celebrate scoring against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup.

One for the stattos

Albion's last meeting with Chesterfield in any competition came 75 years ago in 1948, when the two sides battled out a goalless draw at Saltergate.

Saturday's encounter will be the first between the two clubs in FA Cup history.

Albion hold the better head-to-head record between the sides, having won 10 of the 20 historic fixtures. Chesterfield meanwhile have won just four times against the Baggies, with the other six games ending level.

Paul Cook (Photo: Tina Jenner)

Colours for the road

The Baggies will don their away kit against Chesterfield this weekend. 

Haven't got yours yet? You can still purchase them here.

Conor Townsend, formerly of Chesterfield, playing for Albion in away colours.

Travel Advice 

Fans are warned that roads are likely to be busier than usual with a rail strike in place, so are urged to leave more time for their journey. Roads are likely to be busier as a result of the Industrial Action. 

There will be a very limited number of rail services running over the course of the day. If travelling by train, supporters should check before they travel.