Motherwell travel to Stair Park to take on Stranraer in the Betfred Cup on Saturday, in the first away fixture of the 2018/19 campaign.
And Stephen Robinson’s side, who started the campaign with a convincing 5-0 win over Edinburgh City, will face tough opposition in the League One side.
Searching for points
The Blues started their 2018/19 campaign off with a scorching start against Queen of the South, scoring twice within 10 minutes to stun Queen of the South on their own patch.
The hosts then turned the game on its head with three goals in four minutes to lead 3-2 at the break, and Stranraer ended the game on the losing end of an eight goal thriller as the Dumfriesshire side ran out 5-3 winners.
With some promising signs in their opening game, Stephen Farrell will be eager to see his side build on their start as the Steelmen arrive for the second game of the group.
Foundations to build on
The 2017/18 league campaign ended with Stranraer narrowly missing out on a Championship play-off spot, and the Stair Park side will be looking to make forward strides in the new campaign.
Last season dealt the Blues a difficult group stage in the League Cup, with Livingston, Partick Thistle, St Mirren and Airdrieonians all grouped with Saturday’s opponents in Group H.
It’s been a busy transfer window for Stephen Farrell, with at least 10 new faces coming through the door as the club prepare for the 2018/19 campaign.
The manager offloaded experienced players Scott Robertson, Paul Woods and Scott Agnew, all in their 30s, bringing in some younger options.
Luke Donnelly, David Brownlie and Isaac Layne, all in their early 20s, were among the new arrivals as the Blues revamped their side with young, exciting talent.