Top of the table meets bottom in the final game of Round 4 A-League action.
The Glory have met expectations so far with two wins and a draw whilst the Heart are showing that a new team cannot be put together and simply go out onto the pitch and immediately gain results.
Perth will certainly be the bookies’ favourite, especially after their 2-0 win over Melbourne Victory last time they were at AAMI Park and I feel that unless the Heart can contain their attacking threats like Robbie Fowler, Branko Jelic and Adriano Pellegrino, it could be a similar result for the Western Australians.
The loss of defender Michael Beauchamp is a huge blow for the home side and although they are slowly finding their feet in the competition, with improved performances every week, this one may just be too much for them.
Verdict: Perth 3-1.
Melbourne Heart squad: 1. Clint BOLTON, 2. Michael MARRONE, 3. Brendan HAMILL, 4.Simon COLOSIMO, 6. Matt THOMPSON, 7. Rutger WORM, 9. Gerald SIBON, 10. Wayne SRHOJ, 11. ALEX TERRA, 12. Peter ZOIS, 17. Jason HOFFMAN, 18. Ante TOMIC, 19. Eli BABALJ, 21. Kliment TASESKI, 22. Nick KALMAR, 23. Dean HEFFERNAN, 24. Aziz BEHICH *two to be omitted*
In: Kliment TASESKI, Ante TOMIC
Out: 5. Michael BEAUCHAMP (ankle - 2 weeks)
Unavailable: 15. John ALOISI (hamstring - 1 week), 20. Josip SKOKO (hamstring - 4-5 weeks)
Perth Glory squad: 1. Tando VELAPHI, 2. Josh MITCHELL, 3. Jamie COYNE, 7. Jacob BURNS (C), 9.Robbie FOWLER, 10. Michael BAIRD, 11. Branko JELIC, 12. Scott NEVILLE, 14. Steven McGARRY, 15. Howard FONDYKE 16. Adriano PELLEGRINO, 17. Todd HOWARTH, 19. Naum SEKULOVSKI, 20. Aleks VRTESKI, 22. Anthony SKORICH, 23. ANDRIJA JUKIC *one to be omitted*
In: Howard FONDYKE (promoted), Anthony SKORICH (promoted), Michael BAIRD (Universitatea Craiova) – subject to provisional registration
Out: Jamie HARNWELL (Calf - 2-3 weeks), Mile STERJOVSKI (ankle – 2 weeks)
Unavailable: Andy TODD (knee- 1 weeks), Victor SIKORA (hip- 5 weeks), Chris COYNE (On loan – 12 weeks)