Peterhead are without Scott Ross who starts a three-game ban against East Stirling with manager Jim McInally determined to put on a good show against a side he feels are vastly improved this season despite their second bottom position.
Davie Ross remains out injured, however Ryan McCann has recovered from illness and will return for the Blue Toon.
``This is a big game for us as we want to get back into the top four as soon as possible and a win helps us do that,'' McInally said. ``The Shire are an improved side so we have to be careful particularly as we are a bit light at the back.
``We have been strong at home all season and another win at Balmoor sets us up nicely for 2013.''
East Stirling welcome back Michael Herd to their squad as they look to repeat their 2-1 success over their hosts earlier this season.
The Shire include trialists Raymond Buchanan and Andy Stirling for a third and final time, however Rhys Devlin, Craig Donaldson, Jamie Benton and Nathan Shepherd all remain out with knocks.
Head coach John Coughlin said: ``We are playing better this season but we do not have the points to show for it so it is quite frustrating. It is always a tight game between Peterhead and ourselves and this one will be the same.
``We have not won in a few games but hopefully we can go up there and bring the points home with us although it will not be easy.``