Buckie Thistle manager Graeme Stewart says Brora having played competitive games already could be a help or a hindrance to them in the Highland League Cup.
The Jags face the Cattachs at Dudgeon Park on Sunday in the last four.
It will be Buckie’s first competitive outing since March, but Brora have already played three Betfred Cup group fixtures in a week, the latest of which was a 2-2 draw against Cove Rangers on Tuesday night.
Stewart admits having played competitively already may help the Sutherland side, but believes it could also play into Buckie’s hands.
He said: “I don’t know if it will help Brora. You could say it gives them an advantage because they’ve had competitive fixtures.
“Playing against opposition that are of a higher calibre and from a higher level will help them in terms of fitness and sharpness.
“But you could look at it and say they’ll be fatigued from playing three games in a week depending on how much they’ve rotated the squad.
“There are different factors to it and it depends on your view and how Brora come through the games.
“It could definitely be an advantage to them or it could also be a disadvantage if a couple of their players have picked up injuries.
“But my main concern is that we go to Brora and put in a good performance and do ourselves justice.
“Brora are the team to beat. They were the best team in the league last season and will be favourites to win it again this year and they’ve probably got the biggest budget as well, so we’ll go there as underdogs.”