Lincoln City begin their second Sky Bet League Two campaign at the Sixfields Stadium, home of newly relegated Northampton Town.
The Imps come into the campaign off the back of an impressive first season back in the Football League, with Danny Cowley guiding them into the play-offs.
But despite missing out on the chance to play at Wembley for the second time last season, Lincoln supporters have a glimmer of optimism for the upcoming year.
The Cobblers finished in 22nd position in Sky Bet League One last season, four points behind Rochdale who survived in dramatic fashion on the final day.
Town fans can have some optimism ahead of the new season with their side one of the bookies favourites to make a return to League One.
New frontman Junior Morias is expected to make his debut for the side as well as a host of new signings.
Manager Dean Austin told the club’s official website:
“We know exactly what to expect on Saturday and there has been no stone left unturned in terms of our preparation.
“Danny and Nicky Cowley have done exceptionally well and we know we have a very tough game on our hands.
“We respect the opposition a lot but we know what we need to do, how we need to play and the weaknesses in the opposition we need to try and exploit.
“Hopefully we will get a great crowd in and I know the fans will be right behind us from the start. I have felt a lot of love from the people here and that’s a big reason why I took the job.
“I’ve got a fantastic group of lads and I know that they will work their socks off and give absolutely everything.
“I’m very happy with the squad I’ve got and I’m very fortunate to have a fantastic Chairman and a board that have supported me very well in the summer.”
City fans could also see a host of new faces making their competitive debut on the opening weekend.
The Imps have broken the club transfer record having sealed the signing of the prolific John Akinde from Barnet. Akinde is expected to start in what appears to be a side that has a lot of versatility.
The Imps rounded off pre-season with a very impressive away win at Lincolnshire rivals Scunthorpe United. Loanee Scott Wharton scored the only goal of the game in what was his second Lincoln City debut.
With a sell out crowd expected in Northamptonshire, the tie has everything needed to get everybody back in the mood for football.