Confidence has never been rife when Northern Ireland venture on their travels – regardless of the opposition.
Generally, journeys to the far reaches of Europe and beyond usually end in abject disappointment for the Green and White Army.
It has become par for the course.
Fans accept their team’s fate and move on.
Nothing to see here.
Records probably weigh heavily against Michael O’Neill’s men in Luxembourg on Tuesday.
You have to date back to September 3, 2010 for our last away win – a 1-0 triumph in Slovenia.
Since then Northern Ireland have played 11 times away from Windsor Park, all without success.
Another alarming stat is that Northern Ireland have never won the second game of a World Cup or European Championship qualifying double-header when the second game has been away from home.
It wouldn’t matter the opposition, we just don’t seem to travel well.
Malta (0-0, Feb 2013), Estonia (4-1, Sept 2011), Faroe Islands (1-1, Oct 2010) are just some of the gems fans have endured in recent times.
Tuesday presents another potential night of misery for the boys in green, it’s another cliched banana skin for O’Neill and his players.
But despite the glaring warning signs, you get the feeling the current squad of players possess the belief they can emerge with three points in Luxembourg.
The confidence gleaned from their victory over Russia was carried into last week’s game with Portugal, only for two shameful red cards to send a wrecking ball through any chance of another giant-killing upset.
But on Tuesday Northern Ireland can continue their upward curve under determined boss O’Neill.
If they repeat the energy and drive of recent performances, they should deliver the goods.