Swansea and Tottenham treated themselves to five goals each in their Europa League encounters with Petrolul Ploiesti and Dinamo Tbilisi but are a generous 2/1 to both vanquish their eastern opponents again.
The Premier League representatives weren’t even slightly distracted in their sprints to emphatic victories last week, leading 3-0 and 2-0 at the interval respectively and cranking their tallies up to five by the 70th-minute mark.
Complacency is their greatest obstacle against such downtrodden adversaries already resigned to elimination.
Even then, the prospects of such proud coaches and quality-crammed squads operating on autopilot are minimal.
Tottenham haven’t conceded a goal in four matches stretching back to the end of last season and a fairly strong selection is anticipated to appease a large White Hart Lane crowd.
Younes Kaboul, Sandro and Jermain Defoe are among the understudies at Andre Villas-Boas’ disposal yet to start in the Premier League.
The latter in particular will view Dinamo’s 10-game sequence without a clean sheet with relish.
Swansea meanwhile have adapted to this continental competition malarkey with absurd ease, showing no signs of Euro rust in their first adventure in 22 campaigns, averaging three goals a match and being breached just once.
Their hosts Petrolul Ploiesti were off the scene almost as long, experiencing an 18-year hiatus, and have also overachieved on their return.
However, a run of one win in eight at home, largely against weaker sides than the Swans, augurs awfully.
Proof of the professionalism existing at top clubs arrived earlier in the week in Champions League qualifying, with several demonstrating immunity to slacking off.
The two teams that won the first legs of their play-off ties by three goals or more – Zenit against Pacos Ferreira and Arsenal against Fenerbahce – triumphed by a margin of at least two in the return fixture.