ounty welcome League Two champions Lincoln City to South Wales on Saturday in a crunch fixture which, alongside other big fixtures, could have a huge say in the League Two play-off race. City had their champion status confirmed following a 0-0 stalemate against Tranmere at Sincil Bank on Easter Monday, but have only taken six points from the last 15 available.
Having gained a point on Carlisle United and Swindon Town at Moss Rose at the weekend, the play-off race remains in County's hands; wins in each of their last three matches will ensure Mike Flynn's side a place in the play-offs.
The draw at Macclesfield on Easter Monday saw Regan Poole, Dan Butler and Jamille Matt in the matchday squad despite carrying various ailments, the latter of the trio not even making it off the bench in what was later revealed to be a psychological ploy over the Silkmen.
But all three should be fit to start against the Imps on Saturday. Joss Labadie and long-term absentee Andrew Crofts are expected to remain out. Lincoln should have most of their squad available; Bruno Andrade has had injections to get him through recent matches but now the title has been decided, he may not be risked.
County are undoubtedly one of the form sides in the league and have timed such a run perfectly when considering that this time last season, the campaign was essentially over, but Lincoln will provide a different kind of test. A largely physical side who have as much footballing ability as any other side, Danny Cowley's men came out on top 3-2 over County at Christmas but with the league already in the bag, there is the chance that they will blood some new players or methods of play.
While this would be an advantage for County, Mike Flynn is well aware of the ordeal that awaits his players. He told the press, "I hope it [Lincoln being champions] makes a difference. It's going to be a difficult game even if they rested four or five. Whoever they pick, they'll be looking to be part of plans in League One so there's no gimmes here. They'll keep going,they'll want to finish strong."
Ten of the top 12 sides play each other on Saturday as Colchester United host MK Dons, Exeter City entertain Oldham Athletic, Stevenage travel to Mansfield Town and Tranmere Rovers face Bury. Safe to say, it is a day in which, based on recent results, the play-off picture could become very clear very quickly.
For an Akinde, we have an Amond. For a Shackell, we have an in-form Demetriou. For a Rowe, we (may) have a Labadie. In many ways, the sides cancel each other out. The crowd will undoubtedly play a part on Saturday, but do County have what it takes to beat the very best in order to win the biggest prize they - now - have on offer?
Prediction: Newport County 1-1 Lincoln City