The men in navy blue and white looked lacklustre at best in their 2-1 defeat to the Newcastle Jets on Sunday, despite having spent a week pumping up the fact they were playing at AAMI Park for the first time this season. As Adrian Leijer pointed out at recovery on Monday, at least they only have to wait until Friday to try and make amends. While the jury remains out on Muscat's tactical and strategic ability as a coach, do not doubt his capacity to fire up the players during the week ahead.
2. Perth Glory need to pack their travel sickness tablets
Alistair Edwards' men are yet to win on the road this season, losing two and drawing two of their four away games so far in 2013-14. However, they are sure to have positive memories of their most recent win outside the familiar surrounds of nib Stadium, which came at the expense of Victory at AAMI Park in March. Josh Risdon's late goal sealed a 3-2 triumph, but that was against a home team weakened by injuries and absentees, and they can expect to encounter a tougher outfit on their return to the rectangular stadium this week.
3. Pablo Contreras' place in the Victory team could be under threat
The Chilean marquee defender has been far from convincing since being unveiled to great fanfare as Victory's latest international star. He missed an easy chance from a header against the Jets and failed to clear a ball across the penalty box which led to Nathan Burns' winner. Nick Ansell continues to prove impressive and reliable beyond his tender years, while Adrian Leijer, his red card against Adelaide aside, has responded well to being relieved of the captaincy in the off-season. Are the two Australians a better prospect than the mercurial South American?
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4. Is revenge on Perth's agenda?
Following that rollercoaster 3-2 win, the Glory returned to Melbourne just weeks later, losing 2-1 to Victory in the finals. Despite having led 1-0 since Ryo Nagai's 15th-minute opener at Etihad Stadium, Mark Milligan's late equaliser from the penalty spot and Archie Thompson's winning goal ended the WA side's participation in the post-season reckoning. It was a tough result for Edwards' valiant young players, and they will have plenty of motivation not to end up on the losing side again this time around.
5. Who will Kevin Muscat pick to face Sidnei?
Perth's Brazilian winger has been in impressive form this season, and netted twice in their 4-2 triumph over Wellington Phoenix, giving converted fullback Louis Fenton a torrid time. He also schooled Melbourne Heart's makeshift defender Jason Hoffman, meaning Muscat may be reluctant to persist with Leigh Broxham, nominally a holding midfield player, in that position. Jason Geria, while promising, has not entirely convinced there early in 2013-14, and the next in line, Scott Galloway, had a quiet game in the National Youth League on Sunday. Quite a conundrum with one of the competition's form wide men coming to town this week.