Jamie McGrath is confident Dundalk can cope with Baku humidity on Wednesday night and feels the Dalga Arena pitch will suit the Lilywhites as much as the Azerbaijani league champions.

The Champions League second round qualifying second leg tie is neatly poised at 1-1 after the first encounter at Oriel Park saw both sides enjoy periods of domination and rue some missed opportunities.

Humidity will be a factor with temperatures expected to be around 28 degrees Celsius for the local time kick-off of 9pm.

But McGrath believes Dundalk are used to such tests. 

Speaking to RTÉ Sport's Dave Kelly in Baku this morning, he said: "It's obviously different to Ireland with humidity and temperatures. We had a pre-season training camp in Spain and also in the summer. I think that will benefit us.

"Playing last year in Europe in places like Cyprus, where most of the current squad played, benefits us too.

"Getting out and about in it will help us. We're training tonight at the same time as the game. It’ll be tough but we’ll be okay for it.

"We know the game is there for the taking. I think the 1-1 draw probably flattered them and we probably should have capitalised on the last 20 minutes and got a goal up. It’s going to be tough out here tomorrow night.

"They are a very good side so we’re going to have to probably dig in for periods of the game and obviously in this heat as well.

"They are a very strong team. I think they have a higher ranking that AC Milan in Europe so that just shows you what kind of class they are. I know they showed their quality in the first leg but we were probably disappointed with the draw because I thought we were very good in the second half.

"It’s going to be a different game in their place, I think the bigger grass pitch will suit both teams. They are very good but we still have a chance. It’s still all to play for."

There are a host of different possibilities for Dundalk's next European game, with the new qualifying format ensuring they are guaranteed a game next week, be it in the premier competition or the Europa League.

The former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, who has been one of the best players in the League of Ireland this year, is enthralled by the experiences this time of year brings. 

"It's exciting. We want to stay in the Champions League for as long as we can. Win, lose or draw we’ll have another European game next week so it’s exciting times as a player to go to countries like this that you are not used to on a weekly basis. It’s exciting times.

"We’re still in the tie and the pressure is all on Qarabag so we have nothing to fear coming here. We’re just going to give it a good bash."

Follow Qarabag v Dundalk on Wednesday (6pm) via our live blog on RTÉ.ie/sport and the News Now app.