United have won their past two matches on the road but know they need to take all three points when Sydney FC come to Skilled Park tomorrow night.
Bleiberg admits it is vital to keep in touch with league leaders Brisbane Roar and the first step in doing that is to get maximum points when at home.
“Brisbane are on the top and they deserve to be on the top, so it’s important that we don’t lose points if we have aspirations to be up there too,” he said.
“We’ve had some good results away, but it’s always nice to be at home and we are expecting to perform accordingly.
“If we want to be there around the top, then first and foremost we have to perform and win our home games. Away wins are a bonus and they can take you from sixth to fifth or fifth to fourth, etc, but home games are a must and on the eve of the game we see it as a must-win match.”
And although Gold Coast have not lost to Sydney in all four of their meetings, Bleiberg doesn’t necessarily see that statistic as being a catalyst for an improved performance from the Sky Blues.
“I don’t believe history between teams makes a difference to the outcome of a match,” he added.
“Just because the cards fall red six times it doesn't mean the next card will be black. Sometimes you hear bad statistics about a match and sometimes good. This one is a good statistic, so I am glad to hear it, but I don’t think it will have any bearing on the game.”