Both sides bring superb wins into the meeting at nib Stadium, having played out a tense match last time they met in Perth
Risdon, Thwaite, Van den Brink, Jamieson
Dodd, Miller, Burns, HeffernanMcGarry, Smeltz
WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS
Polenz, T-Stanley, Beauchamp, D'Apuzzo
Hersi, Ono, Poljak, MooyKresinger, Bridge
A win will hand the victors handy buffer over those outside the finals spots. But a loss will see the defeated side suddenly back in a dogfight with a cluster of teams.
The Glory produced a great performance on the road to beat champions Brisbane last Friday to get some sort of revenge for their grand final defeat last season.
But if that was impressive, the Wanderers went even better by crushing second-placed Adelaide 6-1 on the same day, in the new club's biggest-ever victory.
It means there is likely to be very little change to either side for this one, although the Wanderers will be sweating on the fitness of left-back Adam D'Apuzzo, who picked up a calf injury in the big win over the Reds.
Iacopo La Rocca filled in for the former Newcastle man and should get the nod again, although the versatile Shannon Cole is also an option for coach Tony Popovic.
Perth have a wonderful recent record at home but were beaten by a 10-man Wanderers when the two sides met at nib Stadium just over a month ago.
On that occasion, the visitors sat very deep and made it hard for the Glory to play through them. The Wanderers will be just as organised and resolute in this one and the home side could struggle again unless they have come up with a different plan to unlock their miserly defence.
This looms as probably the match of the round, given the strong form both sides are in and their position on the ladder.
It should also be fairly willing, with both sides showing they enjoy the physical side of the game when needed.
The last time the teams met, Wanderers winger Youssouf Hersi was sent off for retaliating to a rough challenge by Glory full-back Scott Jamieson.
The pair will come face-to-face again and it is unlikely the incident will have been forgotten.