Sunday A-League

Source: Justin Benson-Cooper/Perth Now
Billy Mehmet has been in great form for Perth. Source: Justin Benson-Cooper/Perth Now
Perth Glory  will be out to maintain its unbeaten start to the 2012/13 A-League season against Sydney FC  at ANZ Stadium on Sunday afternoon. While Perth is in joint first on the competition ladder with two wins from its opening three matches, the Sky Blues lost their opening two matches before scoring a 1-0  win over the Wanderers in the inaugural Sydney derby last weekend.

Despite being without star striker Shane Smeltz last week, the Glory was ultra-impressive in its 2-0  win over Melbourne Heart. Billy Mehmet  scored for the second time this season in the match and will be determined to make the most of his opportunity in the starting side, while Dean Heffernan also provided plenty of problems for the opposition defence. Perth has the best defence in the League at this stage of the season, having conceded just one goal so far and they will be further boosted by the return to fitness of Bas van den Brink, who could start in the middle of the defence alongside Michael Thwaite.

Sydney FC scored its first win of the season with a hard-fought 1-0 win in the Sydney derby but faces a much tougher task this weekend. Italian star Alessandro Del Piero  scored the winner for the Sky Blues, after winning a penalty with his trickery inside the area, but Sydney posed little attacking threat outside of his contribution. Young striker Black Powell could return to the side after recovering from injury, while Panamanian could provide another option up front on his return from international duty.

Although they appear to come into this clash with better credentials, Perth must overcome a poor record against Sydney if they are to remain unbeaten. Glory has won just four of the 21 A-League meetings between the sides and hasn’t won any of the past eight. Sydney FC won the most recent clash, in February this year, 2-1 .

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