Thorough Paul Hartley has had his Dundee players using plastic all week to make sure they’re ready for the clash with in-form Queen of the South.
But the Dens Park boss does not believe clubs who play their home matches on astroturf have a significant advantage.
The Dark Blues crashed to defeat on the new synthetic surface in Dumfries on the opening day of the season.
Paul, though, believes modern players are now used to playing on all pitches.
“I think football has totally changed and most of the teams train on astro every week, so I don’t see it as being a big advantage,” he said.
“I think players are used to playing on it and the pitches are much better now than they were five or 10 years ago.
“We have trained on it all week with a view to looking at the game at Queens but there are four teams in the Championship who have it, so you have to be used to it.”
He believes a bigger hurdle to overcome will be a team who have lost just once in their last seven outings, a run that’s seen them climb into the promotion play-off places.
“It’s a big game for us because they are on a good run of form. They are really strong at home and we have to expect a tough game,” said Hartley.
“They’re in the mix. I know Jim McIntyre well and he’s done well there after a sticky start to the season.
“But we’re looking forward to it. We put in a good performance last week, especially in the first 45 minutes.
“We’ll go there looking to be positive and attack because that suits the players we have.”
With Nicky Riley and Iain Davidson not yet fully recovered from injury, Dundee will go with the same squad that moved back to the top of the division by beating Hamilton.
And while new faces could be arriving soon, none are expected to arrive before the game.
That’s through the gaffer’s choice and he admits he’s been taken aback by the interest in coming to Dens.
“I’ve had loads of names thrown at me, loads of agents phoning me. It’s completely different when you come to a club like this.
“It’s totally different from what I’ve been used to at Alloa. You’d get agents calling you but because of the size of the club and the budget it’s nothing like the number of calls I’ve been getting here.
“I have to look at it and work my way through the list of players we have.”