PSV Eindhoven make the trip to Israel for the second leg of their Europa Conference League playoff tie with Maccabi Tel Aviv holding the narrowest of advantages.
Nevertheless, while an early goal in the Netherlands proved to be the difference, the home side will fancy their chances of causing a European upset on Thursday night.
While Roger Schmidt would have been satisfied when PSV were drawn with Maccabi, he would have stressed to his side that they cannot afford to take their opponents lightly.
Even though that probably was not the case last week, the Dutch giants could only prevail by a 1-0 scoreline courtesy of Cody Gakpo’s early strike.
PSV are still the clear favourites to earn a spot in the next round, but Schmidt needs to see more of the quality which has been on show in the Eredivisie.
As many as 12 goals have been scored in their last three fixtures, the most recent treble coming at home to Heerenveen on Sunday.
Although Schmidt’s team still sit five points adrift of leaders Ajax, they are generally performing to a level where they can enjoy a comfortable night in Israel if they perform to their best.
At a time when PSV have won 10 of their last 12 games in all competitions, Maccabi have lost just twice over the same amount of contests, their other setback coming at domestic leaders Maccabi Haifa.
Mladen Krstajic’s side are still eight points adrift of the frontrunners, but the Serbian will generally be delighted with how his team have performed since he took over in December.
The only time that Maccabi have failed to score in 19 matches was against PSV last week, a statistic highlighting why the visitors cannot afford any complacency.
Former Watford forward Stipe Perica has netted 11 goals this campaign with three strikes coming in his last six appearances.