The much-maligned decision to allow up to three teams from each qualifying group to reach Euro 2016 has so far produced unexpected and delicious side-effects.
Namely a seemingly endless spate of unexpected upset results for the so-called shoo-ins to reach the finals in France.
Slovakia 2 Spain 1, Czech Republic 2 Netherlands 1, Iceland 2 Netherlands 0, Poland 2 Germany 0, Germany 1 Republic of Ireland 1 and Albania 1 Portugal 0 to name but a few.
What on earth could have caused such a widespread outbreak of uselessness amongst the continent’s most wonderfully resourced footballing nations?
The move to increase the amount of teams who will contest the finals is undoubtedly the cause, with the new setup mixing a heady cocktail of contrasting motivations that suggest more unlikely results are in the offing.
For those sides, such as the Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and Germany, who remain widely expected to top their qualification groups, the fear of failure has been all but erased.
Even if an ill-starred campaign leaves them in second spot there is no unseemly play-off to potentially pit them against another troublesome giant.
Instead the big dogs would need to slip all the way to third to enter into a knock-out clash for qualification, most likely facing a side someway beneath them in terms of quality if doing so.
As a result the best nations cannot help but suffer from an utter surfeit of urgency, breeding the kinds of shocks that have been occurring.
This lack of motivation is doubly fatal as the extra incentive provided by an increased likelihood of major-tournament qualification stokes the fire in the bellies of their supposedly ‘lesser’ opposition.
Casting a look ahead to the next round of fixtures Croatia’s visit to Italy holds prime upset candidacy.
The Azzuri are 21/20 favourites for victory, with Niko Kovac’s side the 5/2 underdogs.