Aidy Boothroyd is readying his Cobblers players for their toughest pre-season test yet as Leicester City come calling at Sixfields on Tuesday night (7.45pm kick-off).
The Foxes, fresh from a 3-0 defeat to moneybags French side Monaco on Saturday, will provide plenty of resistance for a Town team just four days away from the start of their season.
Boothroyd’s men travel to York City in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday on the back of a friendly campaign that has seen them claim four wins from five games so far.
But the Cobblers boss knows championship outfit Leicester will provide a different sort of test to the ones his men have faced to date.
“I’m looking forward to Leicester,” said Boothroyd. “They’ll be the best team that we play and what they’ll bring is they’ll try to play out from the back.
“They’ve got good players who can hurt you so we’ve got to make sure we sort that out early on and exploit them.”
Boothroyd recently admitted the Cobblers weren’t yet ready for the start of the league campaign, and he sticks by that statement going into the Leicester game.
But he will be hoping the Foxes clash helps put the final pieces in place in preparation for the trip to Bootham Crescent this weekend.
“We’ve still got a bit to do in terms of final preparations for the game and it’s a busy week before we start,” he said.
“We’ve got this game on Tuesday and we’ll make sure we get the most out of it but also keep people fresh for Saturday.
“All the squad will be involved and everybody will play.”