Crewe Alexandra entertain AFC Wimbledon in their second fixture of 2023 on Saturday (3pm).
The sides shared a 1-1 draw at Plough Lane earlier this season, but Lee Bell will be hoping his men make it back-to-back wins at Mornflake Stadium.
Wimbledon lost their opening game of the year to Sutton United, but before that they were 10 unbeaten in League Two and closing in on the Play-Offs.
Having been relegated alongside Crewe last term, they will be hoping to get in position to bid for an immediate return to League One.
Former Spurs, Watford and Colchester player Johnnie Jackson took the reins at Plough Lane in May. He has experience of management with Charlton Athletic, and has started to make an impression with Wimbledon after a slow start.
Lee Bell: "Our message to the players is they have to continue in the same way that we saw against Tranmere. We can’t live off one win, we have to take it into the next game. It’ll be a really tough game, and our work ethic has to be there again."
Johnnie Jackson: "Everyone else looks fresh and they are keen to bounce back to winning ways at Crewe. They see that there are places up for grabs and we’ve got a good group to choose from."
Connor O’Riordan is in contention for Crewe after being recalled from loan with Raith Rovers. Callum Ainley could also figure after resuming full training. Charlie Colkett will be checked after limping out of the last game, but Christopher Long, Courtney Baker-Richardson, and Zac Williams remain out.
Wimbledon new signing Sam Pearson could figure after joining on loan from Bristol City, while Zach Robinson is also in contention after returning from loan at Dundee. Ayoub Assal is back with the squad after an illness.
Chris Pollard has been appointed as referee. Assistant referees are Lee Freeman and Jake Topp, while Matthew Perry is fourth official.
Elsewhere in League Two
Harrogate Town v Colchester United; Leyton Orient v Doncaster Rovers; Mansfield Town v Barrow; Rochdale v Newport County; Salford City v Northampton Town; Tranmere Rovers v Sutton United.
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