Liam Miller is a key player for Perth. Picture: Paul Kane/Getty Images
Despite going down to the Central Coast Mariners 1-0 last week, Perth Glory will be confident of continuing their domination of Melbourne Heart when the sides meet at nib Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Melbourne Heart has its own reasons to be optimistic going into the match however, having opened the season with a derby win before holding Wellington Phoenix to a draw despite playing with ten men for most of the second half after Simon Colosimo was sent off.
Glory has a largely full strength squad to choose from, but was dealt a blow on Friday when marksman Shane Smeltz was ruled out of the match. Smeltz scored a hat-trick to sink Heart in week one of the finals last season before following that up with a brace in his sides 5-0 pre-season win and they will be happy to see that he won’t line up against them. For Melbourne, Colosimo is suspended following his red card against Wellington.
The four A-League meetings between these sides have resulted in three wins for Perth, while Heart has a solitary win against the West Australian based side. In April this year, Glory recorded a 3-0 win over the red and whites.
In the day’s earlier match, defending champion Brisbane Roar travel across the Tasman to face the unbeaten Wellington Phoenix . After suffering a 1-0 defeat to Perth in the opening round, Brisbane bounced back to form with a devastating 5-0 win over Melbourne Victory. The Phoenix maintained their strong start to the new campaign with a draw against Melbourne Heart after scoring a 2-0 win over Sydney FC on the opening weekend.
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