John Sheran has warned his Cove players they will need to respect a “dangerous” Wick Academy.
The defending Highland League champions host Gordon Connelly’s team at Inverurie’s Harlaw Park.
Cove have won their last four league games and have started racking up the goals.
But Wick will present a tough test and they have a good record outside of Harmsworth Park.
Their last away trip saw them turn around a three-goal deficit to beat Forres 5-3.
And Sheran has told his team to be on guard for another strong showing from the Scorries.
He said: “Wick are always a dangerous team, they seem to be doing well away from home, so we’ll have to be careful.
“You look at their result against Forres last Wednesday, they were down 3-0 and came back to win 5-3, but then they lost at home to Fraserburgh.
“We’ve got a lot of respect for Wick, we know it’s always a difficult game against them.”
Cove have struggled to burn through the Wick defence in recent seasons, with games usually tight affairs.
Both league games between the sides finished 1-0 to Sheran’s side last season.
Cove pride themselves on their style of play and their ability to create opportunities for goals.
Sheran wants them to take command and put their own style on the game.
“That’s the way we try to play all the time,” he said.
“We try to impose ourselves on games, certainly we’ll be trying to make sure we’ve got control of the ball.
“We always have good games with them, and they’re always pretty close, so it’s one of those where we need to make sure we get the points again no matter how we do it.”
Cove are on an eight-game unbeaten run that includes seven wins.
Their only league defeat came in a 3-2 loss to leaders Buckie Thistle. But Cove are hot on their heels, just five points behind and are currently second in the table.
The club have already featured in the Irn-Bru Cup, Betfred Cup, Aberdeenshire Cup this year.
They are also to play in the Aberdeenshire Shield and the Scottish Cup.
Despite a manic fixture schedule, Cove have continued to impress.
And Sheran wants his side to keep battling on to maximise their trophy haul this season.
He said: “We know that we’ve had a couple of blips but that’s going to happen during the season from time to time.
“We’ve just got to make sure we keep working hard because we’ve got a lot of big games to look forward to, the Aberdeenshire Cup final and the Scottish Cup against Bonnyrigg Rose.”