Kari Arnason reckons the Dons have enough fire power to see off Apollon Limassol and reach the Europa League play-off.
The Cypriots arrive at Pittodrie on Thursday for the first leg of the third qualifying round.
Arnason may make his second competitive debut for Aberdeen in the match after making the first appearance of his second spell in Red, and scoring, in the 4-1 friendly win over Brechin City at Glebe Park.
The Dons are attempting to reach the play-off for the first time during Derek McInnes’ tenure as manager.
In each of the last three seasons they have lost at the third round stage – to Real Sociedad in 2014, Kairat Almaty in 2015 and Maribor last year.
On every occasion the ties have been tight, and the Reds are determined to avoid another hard-luck story at this stage.
And Arnason, who returned to the Granite City from Cypriot team AC Omonia Nicosia, believes they will deliver.
When asked if he thought Aberdeen could get through to the play-off round, the Icelandic international said: “Yeah, of course we can – I massively fancy our chances.
“They are a very good team going forward and it won’t be an easy task for us, especially away from home.
“But with the pace and strength we have I think our chances are very good,
“We need to be patient – we can’t go rushing into things. But if we get a goal or two away from home, we should be ok.”
After leaving Aberdeen in 2012, Arnason has played for then English Championship outfit Rotherham, Swedish side Malmo and, most recently, Omonia in Cyprus.
The defender believes he is a better player now than the one who left Pittodrie five years ago.
After missing the Europa League second round tie with Siroki Brijeg, because he was registered after the UEFA deadline for the tie, and getting his first 90 minutes against Brechin at the weekend, he insists he is ready to be thrown into action against Limassol.
He added: “I’ve gained a lot of experience and I would say I could play at a higher level than when I was at Aberdeen before.
“I still feel like I have a lot of years left and I feel fit as a fiddle. So I would say I am a better player now than I was.
“In football there is a lot of ageism and you’re not as sellable when you get to a certain age.
“But it doesn’t mean you can’t still do the job on the pitch.
“It was good to be back with the game against Brechin. I was a bit heavy-legged towards the end but it was great to get a goal and I was happy with the result.
“I am ready to play on Thursday and the manager has seen me against Brechin. It’s his decision but I feel fine and I feel sharp.”
Arnason has amassed considerable European and international experience while he’s been away from Aberdeen. He played with Iceland in the European Championships in France last year and man-marked Cristiano Ronaldo during a 1-1 group stage draw with Portugal.
Arnason also marshalled the defence in Iceland’s 2-1 last-16 triumph over England.
At Malmo he won the Swedish title and played in the Champions League group stages. The Swedish side beat Celtic in the Champions League play-off round and he hopes to call on that experience when playing with the Dons in Europe.
And having faced Limassol with AC Omonia during his six-month spell in Cyprus, he will also try to inform his Aberdeen team-mates of Apollon’s qualities.
“I will do my best to try to inform my team-mates about how they play from the little I know,” said Arnason.
“I have only played them once and haven’t seen a lot of them, but I know what it’s all about in Europe.
“In European games it’s important to have a bit of experience.”
In the home leg against Apollon, Arnason is aiming for a clean sheet and a lead to take to Cyprus.
But if the tie is finely poised after the first leg, as it was in the second qualifying round when the Dons drew 1-1 at home but then beat Siroki Brijeg 2-0 in Bosnia, Arnason believes Aberdeen have the ability to get the job done away from home.
He said: “At home it is very important to focus on not conceding a goal and hopefully we can get one or two at the other end and that sets us up brilliantly for the next leg.
“But the pace in the team has been noticeable and that will help us.
“Ryan Christie is just a fantastic footballer. I could see that straight away in the first training session, and Greg Stewart and Gary Mackay-Steven are also very good footballers.
“This is what we were lacking when I was here first time around, a bit of pace and quality on the ball. So it will be an interesting season.”