Both leagues were shut down during the Euros therefore both teams will still be gaining pre Euro level of fitness.IMO we are usually at a massive disadvantage in qualifiers simply because other nations are half way through their domestic season while we have players coming back in clusters from internationals, or a bit of time off. The international guys should be ok as they've been playing or training with a view to playing. My main worry is I think we've looked quite pedestrian in pre season so far. (YES I know its only pre season)
Its got shades of post winter break (last season apart) when we just couldn't get going again. Its maybe the scar tissue of those memories but I can't say it doesn't have me concerned.
All reports of who watched the game last night suggest if we can't dispatch of HJK or Malmo we don't deserve to be at that level. No need to worry just yet.