Well the season is kinda upon us with a cup game against Hull. Here's our starting predicted XI...
GK: Remi Matthews. Lee Burge has made some impressive saves in preseason, solidifying his position as number one for the upcoming season. Therefore, Matthews should be given a chance to recover in the League Cup after a disastrous mistake on his debut.
CB: Jordan Willis. A mainstay in the three-man defence last season, Willis has also been a prominent figure during the recent friendlies and if fit will hope to gain more fitness and confidence in this match.
CB: Morgan Feeney. The former Everton man has looked steady if not spectacular in the middle of a back three, and it’s probably wise to give Bailey Wright a break before the season properly kicks off.
CB: Tom Flanagan. Flanagan is our only centre back who is able to play on the left, at least until we get Arbenit Xhemajli over the line.
RWB: Conor McLaughlin. The Northern Irishman has failed to impress since signing for the lads, but after a more encouraging preseason he’ll be aiming to play his way into Phil Parkinson’s plans and the League Cup is a good opportunity for that.
LWB: Denver Hume. Unless Parkinson’s planning on using Jack Diamond as cover are left wing back, Hume finds himself yet again our only option here. He’ll be hoping to improve on his end product this season to help him in the opposition’s half.
CM: Josh Scowen. In the friendlies Scowen has shown his quality and why he was playing in the Championship with QPR. After only being used sparingly last season the midfielder seems ready and eager to make a bigger impact this year.
CM: Max Power. Last season we saw the best and worst of Max Power, scoring some sublime goals but also having a tendency to go missing in games. With Scowen next to him, Power could have more of a licence to roam forward and provide another option for the attacks.
RW: Chris Maguire. Maguire has been really impressive again in preseason and shown his quality. He can be instrumental in kick starting our season with a confidence-boosting win.
LW: Dan Neil. The youngster has featured and played well in our friendlies, and has actually attracted some interest from Premier League clubs. I think it would be unfair to the lad if he didn’t play some role in this game.
ST: Will Grigg. Like McLaughlin and Scowen, Grigg has only played a bit-part role under Parkinson but has scored some goals recently. He has supposedly lost some weight which shows his desire to succeed here, so we may as well give the striker another chance to replicate his Wigan form.