Jacob Burns will captain Perth on Sunday. Image courtesy of Getty Images
After two ordinary performances to start the season, Perth Glory makes a welcome return home to nib Stadium for the first time this campaign. Alistair Edwards’ team had their chances to take the full three points away from Newcastle last weekend, but with Shane Smeltz still out for another fortnight with a hip injury, Glory is really struggle to find the back of the net. The scoreless draw with the Jets came on the back of a 3-1 loss to Adelaide United in round one, so the pressure is on to pick up some much needed points at home.
Melbourne Heart has made a promising start to its second season under John Aloisi. Defensively the red and whites have been difficult to break down. A 0-0 result in the derby should have been followed by a win over last year’s grand final victor Central Coast. Two penalties allowed the Mariners to sneak away with a point, but it must be heartening for the coach that his team is yet to concede from anywhere by the spot in 180 minutes of football this season.
Former Coventry City forward Michael Mifsud will make his first start in Heart colours after being away on international duty with Malta the past couple of weeks. Perth will be without Joshua Risdon for the next couple of months due to a knee injury sustained in the draw at Hunter Stadium.
Melbourne Heart was just abysmal away from home last season. Aloisi’s side hasn’t won outside of Victoria since December 2011. The team’s record in the west is solid, though, with a win and two draws from four starts. Last season the home side won all three matches between these outfits, with Melbourne picking up 1-0 and 2-0 victories at AAMI Park.
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