Blackpool make the trip to Stoke City tomorrow to kick off the long awaited 20/21 campaign.
The Seasiders have enjoyed a successful pre-season since returning to action three weeks ago, picking up three wins and a draw in the five warm up matches.
Stoke, meanwhile, have only been in pre-season training for a couple of weeks and have played just two warm-up matches, having completed their Sky Bet Championship season at the end of last month.
The Potters defeated Irish side Linfield in their return to action, but suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Burton Albion last weekend.
Saturday’s match was originally scheduled to take place on the weekend of 5th September, but has been brought forward a week due to international call ups within the Stoke City squad.
The Head Coach
“We’re really looking forward to getting back to some competitive football. It’s been a long time coming, and we’re all excited to get started again.
“It’ll be a tough game. Stoke have some top quality players in their squad, some of whom have played in the Premier League. The manager has done a wonderful job since he joined the Club and enjoyed some great times at Northern Ireland before that. He went in at Stoke and managed to turn things around quickly to guide them to safety, so credit where credit is due.
“We’re going there knowing it’ll be a test, but I know if we go there and play how I know we can play, I’m sure we can make a good account of ourselves and give Stoke a good game.”
Joe Nuttall will be the only likely absentee for the Seasiders. The striker has not fully recovered from a knock he picked up in the victory over Port Vale a fortnight ago.
As for the hosts, Sam Vokes, Joe Allen and Thibaud Verlinden are all absentees. New signing John Obi Mikel could feature.
Watch The Game Live
Despite taking place behind closed doors, you can still watch the Seasiders first competitive match in over five months live through iFollow.
Purchase your match pass for £10 here.
Saturday’s match kicks off at 3pm.