MATCH PREVIEW: FC Carl Zeiss JenaNewport County AFC host their first pre-season home friendly against old friends FC Carl Zeiss Jena on Saturday afternoon at Spytty Park, in a repeat of the 1980/81 European Cup Winners' Cup Second leg.
FC Carl Zeiss Jena
This will be FC Carl Zeiss Jena's 12th pre-season friendly and they come into the game having won 8, drawn 1 and lost 2. The most impressive result of pre-season has to be the 5-3 win against VFL Wolfsburg II away from home. Jena found themselves 1-0 down at half time before pulling off a second half comeback to give them an impressive win against the Bundesliga outfit.
Newport County AFC
County will come into the game following a 1-1 draw with Basingstoke on Tuesday evening and with a number of first team players participating in the Development game on Friday night, there may some changes to the starting line up on Tuesday night. Ryan Jackson, Byron Anthony, Andrew Hughes, Kyle Patten, Shaun Jeffers and Joe Parker will play apart in Friday nights Development side so may not feature in the squad for the game against FC Carl Zeiss Jena. Max Porter, Danny Crow and Jamie Stephens will also be unavailable due to injuries.