Grimsby Town host Lincoln City in the Lincolnshire Derby in Sky Bet League Two at Blundell Park this Saturday (1pm).
Michael Jolley’s side will be looking to build on their away win at Macclesfield Town last weekend, while the Imps will be hoping to make it three wins in three in the league.
Danny Cowley’s men will be aiming to improve on their performance last season as they reached the play-off semi-finals and won the Checkatrade Trophy, and they have certainly started the 2018-19 campaign positively.
The Imps picked up wins over Northampton Town and Swindon Town in the league before beating Port Vale 4-0 in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.
There have been plenty of changes at Sincil Bank this summer as the Imps look to strengthen their squad ahead of another promotion push.
Their key signings are arguably prolific striker John Akinde from Barnet for an undisclosed fee, ex-Premier League centre-half Jason Shackell, from Derby County, and promising left-back Harry Toffolo from Millwall.
The Imps have also signed attacking-midfielder Bruno Andrade, who scored 22 goals in 50 games for Boreham Wood last season, and experienced centre-midfielder Michael O’Connor from Notts County.
They also brought in three loanees as Bradford City striker Shay McCartan, Nottingham Forest defender Adam Crookes, and Blackburn Rovers defender Scott Wharton all made the temporary move to Sincil Bank.
But the Imps lost creative midfielder Alex Woodyard to Peterborough United, captain and centre-half Luke Waterfall to Shrewsbury Town, and energetic midfielder Elliott Whitehouse to the Mariners.
Ex-Mariners Nathan Arnold and Ollie Palmer joined Boston United and Crawley Town, respectively, while goalkeeper Paul Farman signed for Stevenage after a six-year spell with the Imps.
Ones to watch
The Imps have a talented squad with plenty of strength in depth, and they will be hoping they have enough to secure promotion to League One this season after a near-miss last term.
Centre-forward John Akinde will arguably be the Imps’ most dangerous threat to Town at Blundell Park this weekend. The 29-year-old, who is a penalty specialist, has scored two goals in his first three games for the Imps this season, and he will be hungry for more on Saturday.
The 6ft2in target-man scored 87 goals in 166 league appearances for Barnet – before his move to Sincil Bank this summer – but only managed to find the net seven times in an injury-hit season last term so he will be desperate to get back to his best form in the 2018-19 campaign.
Midfielder Michael Bostwick is a physical presence in the centre of the park who likes a tackle but also contributes with a goal as he scored six times in 55 appearances last season.
The 30-year-old played an important part in the Imps’ successful first season back in the EFL last term and cemented his place as a starter, following his five-year spell at Peterborough United – during which time he scored 23 goals in 193 league games for the Posh.
Striker Matt Green could be another vital player for the Imps this season due to his quick turn of pace and eye for goal. The 31-year-old was the Imps’ top-scorer last season as he scored 17 goals in 56 games, including the second in their 3-1 win over Town at Sincil Bank in March.
Green – who has already scored in all three of the Imps’ 2018-19 matches so far – has scored 122 goals in 369 career league appearances so far, and he will be eager to add to that tally this season.
It could be an exciting spectacle, with an excellent atmosphere, this Saturday as Town host the Imps in the Lincolnshire Derby, as the Mariners look to kick-on from the Macclesfield victory last weekend.