Liverpool and Newcastle United head into the second legs of their UEFA Europa League play-off ties well-placed to join compatriot Tottenham Hotspur in the draw for the group stage.
The Reds face Heart of Midlothian at Anfield on Thursday evening (Friday morning AEST) looking to build on its 1-0 advantage from the first leg in Edinburgh, seized thanks to a late own goal from Andy Webster.
Despite taking just one point from its opening two Premier League games, there is something of a feel-good factor at Anfield after Turkey midfielder Nuri Sahin completed his move to the club on a season-long loan from Real Madrid this week.
The captain of Borussia Dortmund's title-winning team two seasons ago may not feature against Hearts, but manager Brendan Rodgers could choose to hand starts to some of his more senior players in a bid to get the job done.
"Anything can happen, a corner or a free-kick can go in, but if we get the next goal then we'll be in a good position," said Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam after the first leg.
Meanwhile, Newcastle did well to take a 1-1 draw from the first leg of its tie against Atromitos in Athens last week after coach Alan Pardew decided to leave a whole host of regular starters on the sidelines.
It will start as favourite to finish things off at St James' Park.
Inter Milan takes a 2-0 lead back to San Siro for the second leg of its tie with Vaslui of Romania, and last season's runner-up Athletic Bilbao heads to Finland with its progress all but secure after hammering HJK Helsinki 6-0 last week.
Levante, along with the likes of Lazio and PSV Eindhoven, also seem nailed-on to take their place in the draw in Monaco.
Elsewhere, Guus Hiddink takes his Anzhi Makhachkala side to his native Netherlands to face AZ, with the Russian side a goal to the good.
UEFA Europa League
Malaga has been able to reduce its suspension from competing in European competitions to one year.