Cove Rangers boss John Sheran believes Montrose will be a good test of his side’s quality.
The Highland League champions have lost their first two Betfred Cup matches, to Raith Rovers and Alloa.
But the game against the Gable Endies is expected to offer Cove the best chance of getting a result, with cup holders Ross County still to play.
Despite the negative results so far, Sheran has reason to feel positive about his side, who ran Championship outfit Raith close in their opener.
And he is keen to see them get a win to build momentum ahead of the league season.
He said: “It’s certainly the closest level to us so it will be a good test.
“We have played them in friendlies and it’s been pretty close when we have played them.”
He added: “For us, these games are a good test for the players ahead of the Highland League season.”
The Cove boss admitted they will be without a number of players for tonight’s match, including new signing Ryan Stott.
The club are very much gearing up towards the league season now but Sheran acknowledged Cove see the Betfred Cup as a “fantastic opportunity”.
Despite facing Premiership opposition on Saturday, he is keen not to look beyond tonight’s game.
He said: “Our focus really is on trying to play well every time.
“We are looking at the Highland League but we are still focused on these games too.
“We know it’s a fantastic opportunity for the club, we are enjoying those games and we want to be part of it again.”
Sheran also revealed the club have finished their summer transfer activity.
Cove have signed Stott, Kevin Buchan, Mitch Megginson and Murray McCulloch.