Daniel Farke is expecting a difficult and physical test when his Norwich City team take on Cardiff City in Round Two of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.
City gained no points from their two matches with the Bluebirds last season and Farke is expecting a tough challenge when the two sides, now in different leagues, meet once again.
"They [Cardiff] always play in the same style, lots of intensity and aggressiveness," said the City boss.
"To be successful in this style, he needs recreated players on the pitch. They haven't conceded any goals in their last two games.
"I would prefer to play their last starting line-up because they lost a lot of energy.
"But he has many options. Bobby Reid was on the bench for them and he was brilliant in the Championship last year.
"It will be difficult and physical."
Five days after City play Cardiff comes the small matter of the first East Anglian derby of the season at Portman Road and Farke admits that match is already part of his thinking.
"The Ipswich game is already in our head. It's a special game for our supporters. If the cup game was on Wednesday and Ipswich was on Saturday, I would choose a starting line-up with that in mind.
"There are enough days to recover so we can go strong in tomorrow's game. Too much rest can sometimes not be good."