Bank on the league leaders to take maximum points from their clash with Perth Glory.
Having been bottom of the table after eight games, Perth have picked up back-to-back home wins against the Mariners and Victory to move out of the bottom two. The Wanderers will be grateful to Perth for that win over Victory as they now have a six point lead over the champions at the top of the table having won their last seven games, the most recent of those at home to the Victory themselves.
After a defeat against the Phoenix in their opening home game of the season, Perth have since won three of four unbeaten matches here while conceding just twice. Conversely, they’ve lost all five of their away games but the nib Stadium has once again proved a tough place to travel to, with teams struggling after the long journey to the west coast. Despite their good recent home form, Perth were undoubtedly a better side last season and even then they had a poor record at home to top-four finishers: W1-D1-L4, with that win coming over fourth-placed Wellington who had the longest trip of all to make. Both teams scored in five of these six games and all six saw at least three strikes as Perth conceded at least twice in five of these matches.
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The Wanderers struggled to balance their Asian Champions League success last season with domestic commitments but there have been no such issues this time around and they look well on course to repeat their 2012/13 title winning success. Though they’ve only scored more than twice in one of their run of seven wins they’ve been excellent defensively, conceding just three goals in these games. The Wanderers managed just one win on the road last season but this term their only away defeat came in the Sydney derby and a 3-0 win at current third Melbourne City represents strong form. The Wanderers have a full strength squad at the moment and they’ve certainly been capitalising on that, while Perth have a few injury concerns with Djulbic, Zadkovich, and Fernandez all still out.
Though Perth’s home form is strong, two of their home wins came against the current bottom-two with the other against a Victory side that’s had a gruelling away schedule. It’s a quick turnaround for Perth after that game on Wednesday and so we’re siding with the Wanderers in this one, with the win to nil also appealing given how strong the league leaders have been defensively.