Our second pre-season game comes tonight and I’ll be looking to see if our shooting looks any sharper than against Tranmere. I’m hoping to see Grujic get a bit of game time. He’s been somewhat under the radar but I have a feeling he could be a big player for us in future though he will doubtless need time to settle in. I’d also like to see the Matip/Lovren combination given more than 45 minutes on the field as it looks like that will be the central defensive partnership to start the season with Sakho injured. How well we navigate those difficult early matches could depend on how well the pair gel.
I don’t know much about Fleetwood except they are 2 leagues higher than Tranmere so should provide a stiffer test especially to our defence. By all accounts the pitch is in good condition so there will be no excuse for poor control and passing.