Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes insists the weight of expectation will not hang heavy on his players shoulders in Finland.
The Dons dominated a one-side first leg at Pittodrie against RoPS Rovaniemi but have only a one-goal lead to show for their efforts following the loss of an injury-time away goal to the Finnish club.
But the Dons boss believes his side will relish the trip to Keskuskentta on Thursday as they bid to progress to the second qualifying round.
He said: “Other than Burnley last year we have always and been the overwhelming favourites.
“Some of our better performances in the early rounds of Europe have come against teams who have had similar preparation to us, when teams have had that added advantage of being well into their season then it can make the game a bit more of a challenge.
“We have to go into the game full of confidence and to use our experience. We have normally dealt with what is in front of us.
“I think, of all the teams we could have got, logistically it was one of the better ones for us. In terms of the football it is as tough a game as we could have got out of the pot but I understand we are expected to deal with the game. Hopefully we will overcome the challenge we face by being good enough to get into the next round.
“We can take comfort from the experience we have gained in going away to difficult venues and scoring last season. We had the best away record in the league last season which shows our capabilities.”
The Dons have brought in eight new signings so far but Craig Bryson is not expected to feature this week as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury.
The Aberdeen manager is delighted to have reinforced his squad early this season but says naming his strongest team is proving a difficult task.
He said: “I don’t know what this squad has yet. We’ve lost key players and when you lose players from your starting 11 like Graeme Shinnie we lose some drive but I hope Craig Bryson and Lewis Ferguson can give us that.
“We’ve got more options at the top end of the pitch and certainly have more speed in the team with the younger ones like Scott Wright, Connor McLennan, Ryan Hedges, Jon Gallagher and Ethan Ross.
“We’ve got good options at centre-half too. I look at Hearts, Hibs, Celtic and Rangers and they all have good options at centre-back too. We’ve got players who can put pressure on most of the positions.
“We had a strong squad last year too but what caught us out was the number of injuries we had. If we have a better degree of fortune on that front we’ll be able to meet the challenges domestically and in Europe this year.”