Having outmuscled Melbourne Heart in Week 3, Perth Glory will be out to do the same against Sydney FC. But can the Sky Blues match them?
Grant, Ryall, McClenahan, Fabio
Abbas, Reid, Emerton
Mallia, Del Piero, Lovrek
Risdon, Thwaite, Pantelidis, Jamieson
Dodd, Miller, Burns, Heffernan
Sydney FC players have braced themselves for a bruising encounter on Sunday against the Perth Glory, who have been newly elected by some as the A-League's bully boys.
Talk during the week has focused on Perth's physical tactics and how Sydney will cope, but the focus before the game will invariably be on Alessandro Del Piero playing his 800th professional game.
The decorated Italian proved the difference between the two Sydney teams last Saturday, winning a penalty and putting away the re-taken spot-kick.
And Ian Ferguson's defenders will be ready for the challenge posed by the 37-year-old, who warned A-League teams this week his best is yet to come.
Excellent starts to the season by full-backs Scott Jamieson and Josh Risdon, combined with the experience of Michael Thwaite and Steve Pantelidis, has made Glory a difficult side to break down.
Despite overcoming rivals Western Sydney Wanderers in the Harbour City derby, the Sky Blues were not completely convincing.
Del Piero was a shining light in what was otherwise a subdued attacking performance.
The former Juventus striker will need some more help from fellow strikers Mitchell Malia and Kruno Lovrek at ANZ Stadium on Sunday if Sydney FC are to unlock a water-tight Perth defence.
Glory's experienced midfield trio of Jacob Burns, Liam Miller, and Steven McGarry have the potential to overrun a Sky Blues midfield that was dominated by Wellington and Newcastle in the first two games of the season.
Billy Mehmet will again lead the line for Glory as star striker Shane Smeltz is two weeks away from recovering from a hamstring strain, while Fabio - injured against Western Sydney - has recovered to be available for selection for the Sky Blues.
Del Piero, ever the showman, is expected to rise to the occasion on Sunday, and if he is supported by his midfielders and striking partners, the Sky Blues have a chance of getting a result against a strong and well-organised Perth side.