Stephen Kenny has warned his side that Icelandic outfit FH Hafnarfjordur are packed with quality, experience and class as Dundalk gear up for the first leg of their Champions League second qualifying round on Wednesday (7.45pm). 

The Lilywhites were edged out 2-1 on aggregate by BATE Borisov at this stage last year, with their Belarusian opponents going on to make the group stages and taking four points off Italian giants Roma. 

The SSE Airtricity League Premier Division champions have done their homework on Hafnarfjordur, and Kenny has been impressed with what he's seen.

"They've won the league seven times in the last 12 years in Iceland and they've won a round in Europe every year for the last five years," he told RTÉ's Soccer Republic. 

"Gerry Spain one of our coaches has been to Iceland to watch them and Vinny Perth our assistant manager has done terrific work on the video analysis side of things, terrific.

"So the players have a lot of information. They're a very technical team. Icelandic football is on the rise. You associate Icelandic teams traditionally with being physically strong but this team is a real passing team."

Stephen Kenny

Dundalk have forged a reputation as a ball-playing team who pick holes in opponents by dominating possession and stretching defences.

Their opponents play a similar game, and Kenny is hoping the nous gathered over the last couple of years in Europe will stand to his charges.

"They've got some quite elegant players and they keep the ball very well," he said.

"From our point of view, we dominate possession in a lot of the games we play in our league and they do likewise in Iceland.

"Something has to give. Our players have gained some experience in Europe from the last couple of seasons and I feel that will stand to us.

"There's a lot of anticipation in Dundalk for this game - you can feel it all week. People are really looking forward to it and the players are, I know that."