Phil Brown will use the Checkatrade Trophy to give players not getting a regular first-team game, and those returning from injury, a chance to challenge for a league position.
Town will not know their fate in the competition as, despite this being Swindon’s last game, this is Plymouth’s first game in this year’s tournament.
Brown has several players at his disposal not getting consistent first-team action, as well, as players returning from injury.
“We need players – fitness-wise – with enough minutes under their belt to put a challenge in for a league starting position.
“Kaiyne (Woolery) didn’t have the best summer after his operation – he’s been set back two or three months. He’s played no part in any game, so there are opportunities for him.
“Dion (Conroy) has played some minutes of football this season, and he was pushing for a place on Saturday (against Northampton). But I couldn’t take a risk on him, even though the quality is there.
“I wouldn’t disagree with him if he argues he should be playing, but match fitness is different – if you’re 50/60 per cent match fit, your quality doesn’t show enough.”
Despite tonight’s fixture, Brown said that the priority this week is Saturday and the away clash with Exeter City.
“Saturday is the most important game for the club this week. Having said that, the next important game for me is the next one that’s in front of us – regarding getting a winning streak going."