Gateshead v Chester FC.
When and where?
Saturday, August 6 (3pm) at the Gateshead International Stadium.
Any team news?
Blues boss Jon McCarthy remains hopeful that he will have a fully fit squad to take on the Heed.
Central defender Ross Killock returned to training this week following a hamstring injury and has missed a large chunk of pre-season but may be in contention for a place in the squad.
Evan Horwood, Craig Mahon, Blaine Hudson, Kane Richards and Theo Vassell are all expected to shake off knocks and be in contention for the National League season opener in the North East.
Gateshead should have a full compliment of players available with manager Neil Aspin signing his 15th player of the summer, capturing winger Luke Hannant on non-contract terms on Monday.
Tell me about Gateshead...
Expected to be pushing for the play-off places come the end of the season, Aspin's side are one of the fancied teams this season.
The Heed manager has added no less than 15 players to his squad during the close season, bringing in players including winger Toby Ajala, ex-Barnsley full-back George Smith and former Chester FC loanee Nyal Bell.
The Heed are a full-time outfit and are well backed in their bid for success on the field this season having been taken over by Richard and Julie Bennett last year, with the couple making their fortune as owners of Consett-based company Derwentside Environmental Testing Services (DETS).
Gateshead missed out on their goal of the play-offs last season and finished ninth, 13 points off the pace. Aspin replaced former manager Malcolm Crosby in November after the Heed endured a poor start to the National League campaign.
What has Jon McCarthy had to say about it?
"We are ready now and we have done all the work," said the Blues boss.
"There's been a big overhaul and Gateshead have clear intentions to go and be successful and I'm guessing their targets are to be in the play-offs and pushing to get into the Football League.
"They have got a lot of backing and he (Aspin) has gone in there and felt he needed to bring his own people in. He has had a good chance to establish himself and now is his opportunity.
"There have been a lot of changes and it is a big challenge to mould together those players. There is a little bit more stability here and that is something that we will be looking to turn in our advantage."
What happened the last time we met?
The Blues rounded off last season in style with a home win over Gateshead as McCarthy made it three wins from four games to earn himself a crack at the Chester job on a permanent basis.
Ross Hannah bagged what would prove to be his final goals in a Blues shirt as he netted a brace from the bench in a 4-2 success.
Rob Ramshaw put the Heed in front on 51 minutes before Kane Richards levelled nine minutes later.
Ryan Higgins had Chester 2-1 up on 62 minutes and Hannah emerged from the bench to pounce in the 76th and 80th minute to put the Blues clear. Dan Johnson netted a consolation for the visitors with four minutes remaining.
What is the weather expected to be like?
A dry but cloudy day is anticipated in Gateshead for Saturday's clash with temperatures set to be around 19°C at the International Stadium.