There is plenty at stake here as the Roar and Glory clash in the only game on Sunday afternoon.
Brisbane finally secured their first win of the season with a hard-fought result on the Central Coast while Perth upset premiership heavyweights Melbourne City on the road.
The Roar have had a mixed bag in the opening three rounds of the competition and this will be a good test of their credentials to see if they are up to the leading contenders or not.
Perth’s away form last season prevented them from finishing higher on the ladder. Suffering nine defeats from 15 outings on the road, coach Kenny Lowe would have been delighted to see his charges beat Melbourne City at AAMI Park last week. Unfortunately for him, he is now banned from sitting on the sidelines for two games after running onto the field at half-time.
That was their first game away from nib Stadium so how they respond to a second straight match on the road will be very interesting.
BRISBANE NEED TO ROAR
John Aloisi’s men have been disappointing in the first three rounds, no doubt about it.
Managing just two goals so far this campaign, they’ve leaked five across all three matches but four of those were in Newcastle.
While their road form was a concern last season and could be again this time around, they return home where they won 11 matches from 14 in the previous campaign.
So dominant were they at Suncorp Stadium that they ended up with the most points secured at home (35) and best home goal difference (+18).
Can the home crowd bring the best out of them?
HOW IT PANS OUT
The last time these teams met we were served up a nine-goal thriller with Perth winning 6-3. That was their first win in five matches against the Roar.
Interestingly the home side in this fixture has not tasted defeat the last nine times they’ve met (6W, 3D).
One of the big questions here is what affect will Lowe’s absence from the sideline have on his side that is facing consecutive road games at this early stage of the season.
They definitely have the firepower to trouble the Roar as was highlighted last week when Andy Keogh broke his drought for the season by notching a hat-trick against Melbourne City.
THE TIP: Brisbane – you can’t ignore home ground stats so we are banking on them to use that to their advantage
TOTAL GOALS OVER/UNDER 2.5: We’ll go for the Overs. An average of four goals per match has been scored in their last six outings
TO SCORE A GOAL: Andy Keogh – Perth’s striker showed he was back to his best last week