Northern Ireland know a few things about teaching those that regard them as minnows that they can be potential piranhas, but they could find themselves on the other end of a shock result against Luxembourg, 83/100 to beat their foes with a +1 handicap.
The world’s last remaining grand duchy are 29/10 to gain three points, with a deadlock 11/5 and a win for Michael O’Neill’s charges the most fancied eventuality at 91/100.
Recent rousing Windsor Park run-outs against Russia and Portugal will have converted many to the belief that the Northern Irish will soon be the side they were during their Spain-beating heydays of 2006 once more.
As such a victory against the Luxembourgers at their Stade Josy Barthel home might seem like the way to play on this tie, but it may be worth opposing a visiting win.
Away success has been hard to come by for Northern Ireland in recent years and 10 international jaunts have now passed since they last added a road victory to the ledger against Slovenia in 2010.
Without suspended regulars Kyle Lafferty and captain Chris Brunt they’ll be attempting to win at a stadium that, if not a fortress has at least become a redoubt from the grim parade of largely lost away games for Luc Holtz’s team.
Luxembourg have long been one of the more durable members of Europe’s footballing peasantry and nowhere is that more the case than on their own turf.
It’s a point proven by the fact that they’ve been defeated by more than two goals just twice in their most recent 12 games in front of their own fans.
That solid form has taken a further upturn in the last four of those matches, of which just one has been lost.
Most recently they showed their resilience by overcoming a 0-1 half-time deficit to beat Lithuania and this latest matchup will offer arguably their finest remaining opportunity of recording a victory in Group F.
This is all the more so when it’s considered they pilfered a draw in Northern Ireland and their visitors’ blunted road attack have failed to muster more than a single away goal in the 10 games since that Slovenian sojourn.
Indeed six of those 10 trips saw them fail to trouble the scorers and the 3/1 about no goals in the ‘how many goals will team two score’ market looks tempting, particularly in striker Lafferty’s absence.