The Wanderers kept 10 clean sheets in 27 matches during the regular season in their debut year in 2012-13, on their way to conceding just 21 goals and winning the Premier's Plate.
And their fighting spirit again came to the fore last week when a late equaliser saw them rescue a 1-1 draw away to Central Coast Mariners in a re-match of last year's grand final.
The Phoenix, now under former two-time Melbourne Victory title-winning manager Ernie Merrick, were unlucky go down 2-1 at home against Brisbane in last week's opening round.
The Wanderers won two of their three meetings against the Phoenix last year, including a 2-1 win in their only match at Parramatta Stadium.
As a result the Wanderers are the $1.44 favourites at bet365 to win on Sunday with the visitors at massive odds of $7.50, while the draw is paying $4.20.
But if you are looking for better value why not bank on the Wanderers again keeping a clean sheet with bet365 offering odds of $1.66 that both teams will not score in the match.
The Wanderers to win 2-0 is the favoured option in correct score betting at odds of $6 while they are paying $6.50 to win 1-0 and $9 at bet365 to win 3-0.
In the other game on Sunday Newcastle are the $2.30 favourites at bet365 to win at home against Perth Glory at $3 while the draw is paying a tempting $3.40.
Both sides are tipped to struggle and both lost by two goal margins on the road in the opening round - Newcastle by 2-0 at Sydney FC and Perth 3-1 in Adelaide.
However the Glory look by far the better value in this game - particularly in the draw no bet market at $2.20 where punters get their money back if the game ends in a draw - considering they won all three meetings between the teams last season.
*Note prices subject to change