Plymouth Argyle had an indifferent start to the season but have now found their feet under new manager Ryan Lowe, with the side going unbeaten in the past five matches.
The Pilgrims are gearing up for their first Devon derby since the 2016-2017 season, and are looking for an immediate return to League One after last season’s dismal campaign.
Plymouth come into the game in good form though and off the back of a strong result, having beaten Leyton Orient 4-0 on Tuesday night.
Here, we take a look at two decisions that Lowe has to make before Plymouth face off against Exeter for the first time in three seasons tomorrow…
Who replaces Scott Wootton at centre-back
Quite often this season, Lowe has played with a back three in front of regular goalkeeper Alex Palmer.
The back three has usually been made up of Gary Sawyer, Niall Canavan and Scott Wootton, however the latter player is due to miss tomorrow’s game through suspension having picked up too many bookings.
Instead, Lowe will be looking to the rest of his squad to fill the gap in what is bound to be a feisty encounter between the two local sides, and either Will Aimson or Josh Grant would be the best options to step up.
Aimson has made five appearances in the league this season for Plymouth and Grant has made seven appearances, despite three being from the bench.
Either player is capable of stepping up and into the starting XI for the Devon Derby, but Lowe has to decide which of his backup centre-backs is best fitted to do the job that’s required.
On whether Danny Mayor starts
Midfielder Danny Mayor was one of the best players in League Two on his day when he showcased his talents under Lowe for Bury last season, however the 29 year-old has been sidelined recently with an injury.
Should Lowe start Mayor tomorrow?
George Cooper and Kyle Edwards have both been excellent in the midfield spots for Plymouth lately, as well as Antoni Sarcevic when he has been used in a central role.
It’s always a good option for Lowe to have a selection headache when one of his best players on paper isn’t able to get into the starting XI despite just returning from injury, and this decision is likely one that he’ll be happy to make no matter what choice he makes at the end of the day.