Crewe Alexandra are looking to keep the momentum rolling heading into the brand new 2019/20 season, having ended the last campaign as the form side in Sky Bet League Two.
Also boasting more home wins (15/23) than any other side in the division last term, Dave & the boys are focused on keeping Gresty Road as a fortress.
But a tough test in the form of league newcomers Plymouth Argyle awaits on the opening day. They were relegated from League One on the final day on the 2018/19 campaign & have had a major overhaul this summer.
Amongst the pre-season favourites for promotion, Argyle have appointed Ryan Lowe as their new manager, having guided Bury to promotion from this division last season.
Unlike Plymouth, Crewe haven't had an overhaul this summer, favouring consistency with just two new signings walking through the door so far.
One thing's for sure, it's going to be one hell of a ride this season - make sure you're on it!
Date: Saturday 3 August 2019
Competition: Sky Bet League Two
Venue: Alexandra Stadium
Referee: Matthew Donohue
Previous Meeting at Host Club: Crewe 1-2 Plymouth (November 2016)
Crewe: The Alex will be without two centre halves for the opening day of the season. New signing Olly Lancashire picked up a problem early in pre-season, with Nicky Hunt being stretchered off in the final pre-season contest at Wrexham last weekend.
Daniel Powell is in contention to make his debut after joining from Northampton Town in the summer, and the wait will be over to find out whether Will Jaaskelainen or Dave Richards gets the nod to start the season in goal after Ben Garratt moved on.
Plymouth: Under new manager Ryan Lowe, Argyle have brought in FIVE players from Bury this summer all of whom played under Lowe in last season's Shakers promotion campaign.
Antoni Sarcevic, Conor Grant, Joel Grant, Byron Moore & manager Lowe all used to pull on the Crewe Alex red jersey & are set to return to the Club.
Danny Mayor, signed from Bury in the summer, was arguably one of the best players in League Two last season & must be watched carefully.
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