Joe Lewis believes tonight’s friendly with West Brom is great preparation for facing Burnley in the Europa League.
This evening’s meeting with the English Championship Baggies at Pittodrie is Aberdeen’s final game before they play the Clarets in the first leg of the Europa League second qualifying round on Thursday.
Darren Moore’s team were relegated from the Premier League last season, but Dons goalie Lewis, pictured, believes their style is similar to Sean Dyche’s side and thinks facing them will be good for the Reds as they prepare for the start of the European campaign next week.
He said: “It’s excellent preparation because although they have just been relegated they’ve still go a lot of quality in their side. “There are signs that they have turned the corner. “They finished the season well and there was a lot of positivity around the appointment of the manager. “When they went down they were expected to go down, they’d come to terms with that and started preparing properly for this season already.
“It can be difficult to play friendlies against similar opposition. “We’ll know the type of team that Burnley are and I don’t think West Brom will be much different.
“Playing West Brom will definitely be good preparation for the Burnley game.”
Boss Derek McInnes also sees the game as a good test for his players, but the most important thing for him is that no more injuries are picked up ahead of facing Burnley.
McInnes said: “I think the level of opposition is clearly going to be a good test.
“For us in light of what has gone on it’s not the most important thing in terms of a result.
“We want to add to the fitness, but the biggest thing is that we come through without any injuries.
“I want us to be stronger going into Monday’s working week.
“We’ll recover over the weekend and get some training into players over the weekend.
“But I’m really hopeful that on Monday morning we have a bigger depth of squad to choose from.”