Who's playing?

Grimsby Town v Chester FC.

When and where?

Saturday, April 23 (3pm) at Blundell Park, Grimsby, DN35 7PZ.

Any team news?

Ross Hannah will have to prove his fitness ahead of the trip to the Mariners after the Blues leading scorer missed the 4-0 win over Welling last weekend with a hamstring injury.

Caretaker boss Jon McCarthy should otherwise have a full squad to choose from as the Blues look to grab the points at Blundell Park that will ensure their National League survival, avoiding a potentially nerve-wracking final day of the season.

Jon McCarthy and Ian Sharps
Jon McCarthy and Ian Sharps

What has Jon McCarthy had to say about it?

"I went to watch Grimsby against Woking on Tuesday night and it was a four-and-half hour round trip but I knew everything I needed to know after 20 minutes," said McCarthy.

"They're a good team and I was very impressed with Jon Nolan in midfield and the front two of Omar Bogle and Padraig Amond are the best partnership in the division.

"We know it's going to be tough but we've done a lot of work on our preparation and the challenge of going to Grimsby, one of the big clubs in this division, is one that excites me."

Tell me about Grimsby Town...

The Mariners look all but assured of their place in the National League play-offs with the side currently sitting in third place on 80 points, five clear of sixth place Eastleigh who sit just outside the play-off places.

Paul Hurst's men have been one of the league's strongest competitors this term and come into the meeting with the Blues on the back of a 3-1 win at Woking, where Padraig Amond netted a hat-trick.

The Chester defence will have their work cut out to keep Amond quiet, with the Irish forward leading the way in the goal-scoring stakes in the National League with an eye-catching haul of 32.

Grimsby striker Padraig Amond
Grimsby striker Padraig Amond

READ: Ross Hannah's Blues future in the balance

What has their recent form been like?


What happened the last time the two sides met?

Chester looked to have claimed victory when the two sides clashes at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium on Tuesday, September 15, where ex-Grimsby striker Hannah's penalty on 73 minutes had the Blues in the driving seat.

But the Mariners snatched a point at the death to deny Chester when Amond, in the fifth minute of injury time, headed home from close range to salvage a 1-1 draw.

READ: Chester FC 1 Grimsby Town 1 - Jim Green's verdict

What are the match odds (bet365)?

Grimsby Town 2/5, Draw 15/4, Chester FC 6/1.

What is the weather expected to be like (Met Office)?

Saturday will start off sunny but showers are expected throughout the afternoon with temperatures of around 7°C.