as I no absolutely nothing about these smaller teams in the opening stages.
Neither do we. You can join whenever you want to, but your chances of winning the whole thing will be bigger if you're participating right from the beginning.
Fair enough, I'll maybe look up a bit of information about the teams, or if I can't be bothered, just make a completely random guess so that I have a better chance of doing well later on in the competition.
Since the matches start in two days, it's probably high time to post them so that everyone can predict.
Second Qualifying Round, First Leg (12 and 13 July)
Maccabi Haifa vs. Borac Banja Luka Mogren vs. Litex Lovech Maribor vs. F91 Dudelange SkŰnderbeu KoršŰ vs. APOEL Slovan Bratislava vs. Tobol Kostanay Sturm Graz vs. Videoton Zestafoni vs. Dacia Chişinău Dinamo Zagreb vs. Neftchi Baku Pyunik vs. Viktoria Plzeň Partizan vs. Őkendija Valletta vs. Ekranas Malm÷ FF vs. HB Tˇrshavn Shamrock Rovers vs. Flora Tallinn Rosenborg vs. Breiablk Bangor City vs. HJK Helsinki Skonto vs. Wisła Krakˇw Linfield vs. BATE Borisov