Salford City welcome Newport County to The Peninsula Stadium for the first time on Tuesday evening (KO 19:00).
The League Two leaders have welcomed us to South Wales on three occasions already, but make the trip to Moor Lane looking to bounce back from defeat at the weekend.
Meanwhile The Ammies will be focused on reducing some of the 10-point gap to the top, or at least maintaining their unbeaten league record at home this season.
On Saturday Cheltenham were held to a 0-0 draw and missed a chance to go a point behind Newport, while The Ammies could have moved up to sixth with a win.
There was a positive though as James Wilson came through half an hour on his return from injury, and on Tuesday Brandon Thomas-Asante will be available again after suspension, ironically from the red card he picked up at Rodney Parade at the end of November.
Mike Flynn’s side have had an excellent start to the season and lead the way after 17 games, already an improvement on last season where they were 11th and nine points worse off. The Exiles started 2019-20 well enough, but hit a patch of bad form that saw them slide back down the table whereas this season they have been much more consistent.
Their home form has underpinned that, where Newport are unbeaten with seven wins and a draw, but away they are no pushovers either. Only Exeter and Oldham have scored more on the road, and on Saturday The Exiles can feel aggrieved at not taking anything from their defeat to Leyton Orient after an equaliser was ruled out and The O’s had a helping hand for one of their goals. They haven’t lost back-to-back league games since February, and will be keen to bounce back.
Funnily enough Salford’s 17th league game last season was our only previous league meeting with Newport, a 2-1 win at Rodney Parade with Lois Maynard and Cam Burgess on the scoresheet. Since then we have beaten The Exiles in the EFL Trophy semi-final, and a couple of weeks ago they knocked us out of the FA Cup.
HOW TO WATCH
Kick-off is 19:00 on Tuesday night at The Peninsula Stadium, and although the game is behind closed doors supporters can watch online via live.salfordcityfc.co.uk.