The coach of the navy blue and whites says his players will be going all out to beat the reigning premiers when the two sides clash this weekCoach Kevin Muscat says Melbourne Victory at their attacking best are a handful for any A-League team including Western Sydney Wanderers.
The Wanderers meet Victory at AAMI Park on Saturday in what shapes as a tantalising second-versus-third encounter.
History is Western Sydney's side - they've beaten the Victory in their past three matches and have conceded the fewest goals (seven in 11 matches) this season.
Making the challenge more difficult is the fact talisman Archie Thompson is set to miss a fourth consecutive match with a hamstring strain.
But Muscat insists his side will enter the clash as the aggressors.
"You can't tell me that they're (Wanderers) harder to play than any other team in the comp," Muscat said.
"We've just got to concentrate on what we do and hopefully we'll get close to our best because once we do we're a threat for the opposition.
"When we're attacking teams we're a handful for any team.
"My main concern is that teams don't like playing against us. That's what we've worked on throughout the week and hopefully will produce," he said.
Meanwhile Wanderers coach Tony Popovic said his team would head to Melbourne keen to extend its advantage over Victory on the ladder.
"We want to keep it going. We've had two consecutive wins and we want to make it three," Popovic said.
"So we'll go there and give it our best and try to put on a very good performance and if we do that we give ourselves a chance."
Thompson failed to train in the final session on Friday and youngster Connor Pain will be used in his absence.
Muscat said Victory had considered starting Brazilian midfielder Gui Finkler ahead of James Troisi, but decided not to rush Finkler's continuing rehabilitation from a serious knee injury.
After missing most of 2012/13, he has come off the bench in all 11 games this season, scoring twice.
"We had a look at a couple of things but I thought we played very well last week to get the result and we played some good stuff," Muscat said.
"Gui's been great and he's come on and done exceptionally well for us.
"We know a lot more about Gui and his body than everyone else and I will be using him accordingly."