The bigger fish are slowly emerging from the Champions League slipstreams and tributaries en route to the main event with plenty of reputable footballing forces tackling the lesser lights to have emerged from the first qualifying round.
After exemplary first-leg performances, the smaller clubs are primed to avoid a round of resounding poundings in this second-phase of pre-tournament matches.
We’ve picked out four of them and shoehorned them into a multiple paying out just shy of 16/1.
Stromsgodset to avoid defeat against Steaua @ 17/10
Romania’s most feared faction are probably the biggest name in action this evening, but that by no means guarantees victory against this Norwegian small-fry.
Steaua returned from Scandinavia with a 1-0 first-leg win in their travel bags, but the Bucharest outfit have failed to win seven of their previous eight home league and friendly matches.
FK Aktobe to beat Dinamo Tbilisi @ evens
The Kazakhstani sun is rising in the soccersphere, a fact which Tbilisi are all too aware of after suffering defeat in their first-leg encounter last week.
Aktobe will be defending a 1-0 lead on home soil where they’ve won nine out of 12 matches, seven of those coming without concession.
NK Maribor to beat Zrinjski Mostar @ 2/5
Slovenia’s finest can be relied upon here after avoiding defeat in Mostar.
They’re unbeaten in nine of their last ten competitive outings and should advance against a Zrinjski side who have failed to score in three of their previous four.
St Patrick’s Athletic to avoid defeat against Legia Warsaw @ 11/10
The Dubliners tend to fill their boots on the homestead, plundering at least two in all bar one of their last eight.
Victory ensued in the same number of matches, but the Polish capital club are maestros on the road, besting seven of their last eight hosts so a home win is far from guaranteed.