This is shaping as the match of the week for Round 2 of the A-League.
The Victory had a seesawing affair with Sydney FC last week, going two goals behind before fighting their way in front only to have a late goal force them into a 3-3 draw.
In Perth, the Glory had a similar encounter with the North Queensland Fury but were unlucky to share the points as an injury time goal thwarted an opening round victory.
The scene is set for an enthralling battle with more than 20,000 fans expected at Melbourne’s AAMI Park and I feel another goalfest is on the cards if Perth come here to play.
Verdict: Draw 2-2.
Melbourne Victory v Perth Glory
Date: Saturday, 14 August, 2010
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne
Local kick-off: 7.30pm (5.30pm AEST)
Head-to-Head: All matches (played 15): Melbourne Victory wins 6, Perth Glory wins 5 (4 draws)
Referee: Gerard Parsons
Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 3, FS3 HD & Sky Sports 3. Hyundai A-League club broadcast partner 774 ABC, SEN Digital (Melbourne) and 6PR 882AM (Perth). To purchase tickets visit www.ticketek.com.au
Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Michael PETKOVIC (gk), 2.Kevin MUSCAT (c), 3.Mate DUGANDZIC, 5. Surat SUKHA, 6. Leigh BROXHAM, 8.Grant BREBNER, 11.Marvin ANGULO, 12.Rodrigo VARGAS, 13.Diogo FERREIRA, 14.Billy CELESKI, 15.Tom PONDELJAK, 16.Carlos HERNANDEZ, 17.Matthew FOSCHINI, 19.Evan BERGER, 20.Sebastian MATTEI (gk), 22.Nick WARD, 23.Adrian LEIJER *two to be omitted*
In: 17.Matthew FOSCHINI (promoted), 13.Diogo FERREIRA (promoted)
Out: Robbie KRUSE - hamstring
Unavailable: Archie THOMPSON (knee - indefinite), Matthew KEMP (knee - indefinite), Robbie KRUSE (hamstring)
Perth Glory squad: 1. Tando VELAPHI, 2. Josh MITCHELL, 3. Jamie COYNE, 5. Jamie HARNWELL, 7. Jacob BURNS (c), 9.Robbie FOWLER, 10. Michael BAIRD, 11. Branko JELIC, 12. Scott NEVILLE, 14. Steven McGARRY, 16. Adriano PELLEGRINO, 17. Todd HOWARTH, 19. Naum SEKULOVSKI, 20. Aleks VRTESKI, 21. Mile STERJOVSKI, 22. Anthony SKORICH, 23. ANDRIJA JUKIC *two to be omitted*
**MITCHELL and BAIRD subject to international clearance
In: 2. Josh MITCHELL (awaiting clearance), 10. Michael BAIRD (awaiting clearance)
Unavailable: Andy TOOD (knee- 2 weeks), Victor SIKORA (hip - 2 weeks), Tommy AMPHLETT (groin - 2 weeks), Chris COYNE (on loan – 8 weeks)