Teddy Sheringham takes charge of Stevenage for the first time in competitive action against Notts County with few injury concerns.
Striker Brett Williams, defenders Mark Hughes and Fraser Franks, plus midfielder Steven Schumacher could all make their competitive debuts.
Striker Ben Kennedy is a long-term absentee following an operation on a hip problem.
Midfielder Chris Whelpdale is also out for a lengthy period with a groin injury.
Notts travel to Hertfordshire without several first-team players.
Midfielder Rob Milsom, one of 18 summer signings, is nursing a knee problem while striker Ronan Murray (groin) and defender Taylor McKenzie are also sidelined through injury. Transfer-listed trio Nicky Wroe, Billy Daniels and Will Hayhurst will not be involved.
Left-back Blair Adams is striving to be fit after missing the final pre-season friendly fixture against Scunthorpe.
Magpies manager Ricardo Moniz must decide exactly who will make their debuts for the club on Saturday alongside striker Jon Stead, who is certain to start.