With the Blues still on a high following a three game unbeaten run which has seen them claim seven points, they will be facing a Nuneaton Town side who will be desperate to get back to winning ways after suffering a miserable 5-0 home defeat to the Skrill Premier juggernaut that is Luton Town last Saturday.
Steve Burr’s charges, keen to avenge their 1-0 defeat at the Sperrin Brewery Stadium back in November, will face a tough test against the Warwickshire side and will once again need to be on their mettle if they are to glean the three points to aid their survival bid.
Here are some of the key battles that could decide the game.
Matty Brown v Louis Moult
Since Brown’s arrival from League Two side Chesterfield on loan he has yet to be on the losing side in a league game and has formed a formidable partnership with Ross Killock.
In 14-goal Moult, however, he faces a tough customer. The 21-year-old former Stoke City youngster is enjoying his best season to date and has made a name for himself as one of the Skrill Premier’s most potent strikers this season.
He netted the only goal of the game against the Blues earlier in the season to hand Kev Wilkin’s men the three points and has been a talismanic figure in their rise to an impressive sixth place in the league.
It is likely to be a physical battle between the pair with Brown, a dominating presence at the back standing 6ft 3ins, facing Moult, himself not a diminutive figure at 6ft tall, in what is likely to be one of the most closely watched of the tussles at the Swansway Chester Stadium on Saturday.
Keep Moult quiet and the Blues have a real chance of snatching the points.
Matty Taylor v Gareth Dean
On-loan Taylor has been a revelation since Burr brought him to the club from Forest Green Rovers and is now, most likely, the first name on the manager’s teamsheet.
Taylor is a natural goalscorer and will be oozing confidence following his hat-trick at Tamworth on Tuesday night, which was preceeded by his leveller at Lincoln City last Saturday.
In Taylor the Blues have a striker who carries a real goal threat and the cutting edge that has been missing for so much of this season. His movement in and around the box, his deft touch and his work ethic have shone through, not to mention his clinical finishing.
However, he will be facing a strong adversary in Dean, 23, who has risen through the club’s youth system to captain the side and also represent the England C national team.
Dean has been a mainstay of Wilkin’s Boro side this term and has been one of their most consitent performers. Taylor will not be an unkown entity to him as the pair faced off back in August in a 1-1 draw while Taylor was still wearing the garish neon green colours of his parent club Forest Green.
This could prove to be a fascinating battle and one which both players will fancy their chances of winning. My money is on the red-hot form of Taylor to continue and for him to help the Blues gain revenge for their defeat at Boro earlier in the season.
Andy Bond v James Armson
Former Barrow man Bond has begun to grow in stature in recent weeks following his move from League One side Colchester United and has now cemented a placed alongside Jason Jarrett in the centre of midfield.
He will be put to the test by the industrious Armson, another product of the successful Boro youth system and another of Wilkin’s charges to have pulled on the England C shirt.
Former Boro player of the year Armson, 24, favours an attacking midfield role but, such is his versatility across the park, he has played in almost every position for the club – including in goal.
He has been a key cog in what has been a successful season so far for Nuneaton but he will be facing an experienced campaigner in Bond, who was a star turn for Barrow during their spell in non-league’s top tier.
Bond has improved with every game after taking a little while to settle and now looks like he is match-fit and finding some form.
This contest could well be settled by who has the legs to last the pace in what is a must-win game for both side for very different reasons.