Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter is predicting a tough test against Championship side Knockbreda in their League Cup opener at Seaview.
The Premiership champions won the competition in 2012 but lost out the final in the next two years.
"We know it won't be easy - Knockbreda are a very good team and they've beaten good sides this season," said Baxter.
There are 12 second round games on Tuesday night, including Linfield hosting Glebe Rangers.
The possible upsets include Moyola Park hosting struggling Ballymena United and Larne at home against Portadown.
Baxter plans to give fringe players an opportunity to impress against a Knockbreda side sitting fourth and unbeaten in Championship One.
"It's a game where I want to see something from the lads who haven't been playing all of the time," he added.
"There's a lot of very good players, sitting about, who have not played enough.
"I need to see them in action, see them do well and be hungry for the shirt."
Ballinamallard go into their second-round meeting with Banbridge Town boosted by the signing of defender Emmet Friars on a permanent deal.
Friars had originally joined the Co Fermanagh side on loan from Crusaders until January.
Cliftonville, who have won the League Cup for the last three seasons, will start their defence of the trophy against Dundela on Wednesday night.
JBE League Cup second round
Tuesday, 1 September - 19:45 BST
Ballinamallard United v Banbridge Town
Carrick Rangers v Lurgan Celtic
Coleraine v Ballyclare Comrades
Crusaders v Knockbreda
Dergview v Ards
Dollingstown v H & W Welders (18:30)
Glentoran v PSNI
Institute v Sport & Leisure
Larne v Portadown
Limavady United v Bangor
Linfield v Glebe Rangers
Moyola Park v Ballymena United