Newcastle United's first test of their ability to juggle domestic football followed by European exertions comes against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening, live on ESPN HD.
Alan Pardew, who was rewarded with the Manager of the Year award last season, must tackle the sticky issue of rotating his squad - although he looks set to watch on from the stands after his shoving of Peter Kirkup. Indeed, the likes of Demba Ba and Cheik Tiote were left at home for the Europa League trip to Atromitos on Thursday evening.
Under 48 hours after their tie, which ended in a 1-1 draw thanks to Ryan Taylor's leveller, they take on Chelsea in the Premier League. While physically some players may be drained, mentally they should be buoyed by the memory of their famous triumph in West London during the 2011-12 campaign.
A splendid brace from Papiss Cisse, the second of which was arguably the goal of the season, sealed a 2-0 win that aided their eventual fifth-place finish - a berth and a point above this weekend's opponents, whose attention turned towards the Champions League.
With expectation levels increased, Newcastle did well not to buckle by opening their season with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Tottenham, as Demba Ba returned to scoring ways, netting a beautiful goal which was his first in the division since February.
The European champions, meanwhile, were sharp enough to take advantage of Wigan's sloppiness in the opening minutes of their first match of the season, before they overcame a fright at home to Reading courtesy of some bright attacking play and a controversial goal from Fernando Torres.
Chelsea player to watch: Eden Hazard.
When Eden Hazard's attempted piece of skill in the Community Shield resulted in him falling on his backside those partial to a snigger were quick to point at the £32 million spent on the Belgian to prize him away from Lille. Those smirks were wiped away when Hazard demonstrated his quality versus Wigan on Sunday though. He assisted their opener via a swift turn and perfectly weighted pass, while his burst into the box earned the Blues a penalty. He again caught the eye against the Royals, with his purposeful dribbling and cutting passes a thorn in the side.
Newcastle player to watch: Hatem Ben Arfa.
That Newcastle signed Ben Arfa for just £2 million from Marseille in January 2011 is yet another example of the club's fine transfer dealings of late. Although his career on Tyneside was stunted by a leg break, he has since returned to remind observers of his talent. When on his game, the Frenchman is an outstanding dribbler of the ball, as demonstrated by his solo goal against Bolton last season and also last weekend when he wriggled in between Aaron Lennon and Rafael van der Vaart to win, then score, a match-winning penalty.
Newcastle: Krul; Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Santon; Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Anita, Gutierrez; Ba, Cisse
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Cole; Mikel, Meireles; Mata, Hazard, Bertrand; Torres.