Europe vice-captain Paul Lawrie admits America are the “slight favourites” for the Ryder Cup.
He expects a close contest when the two teams face off at Hazeltine on Friday.
Europe have held the Ryder Cup since 2010 and have won eight of the last 10 duels dating back to 1995.
But America have a formidable group this year as they look to win on home soil.
The hosts have eight players in the world’s Top 20 and go in as the favourites with the bookmakers.
Lawrie expects another competitive battle between the teams.
And he knows getting a result Stateside would be a tremendous achievement for the Europeans.
He said: “It’ll be close again. Obviously Gleneagles went in our favour quite heavily, Medinah was close the time before.
“We’ve got the upper hand over them the last couple of Ryder Cups but it’s always tough when you go away from home.
“I would imagine America will start as slight favourites because they’re at home, even though we have won a lot of the previous matches.”