We travel to Dalymount Park in Dublin on Tuesday and coach Chris is aware the Bohs will see it as their chance to upset one of the Premiership's big guns.
"It's a good opportunity to play against what is the top team over there at the moment," said Chris.
"I'm sure they will be looking forward to the chance to pit their wits against Premiership opponents and certainly this game will be no pushover for us.
"From a PR point of view, it's quite a while since we played a game in the Republic and their fans are fanatical, as shown by the support of the national team. It will be a good night."
The friendly also hands Chris the chance to look at Bohemians with his Ireland assistant manager's hat on.
He added: "When I was given the opportunity to take the Irish post it was also an opportunity to see, from a scouting point of view, the talent there is at different age groups."
Chris Hughton is expecting a tough test in our friendly against Eircom League champions Bohemians next week.