North Queensland Fury are well aware that Melbourne Heart are a tough prospect heading into the second meeting between the clubs.

The Fury host the first-year club at Dairy Farmers Stadium tonight and assistant coach Stuart McLaren knows that John van 't Schip has his men playing a much more attacking brand than what he did when the Heart won 1-0 at AAMI Park back in Week 5.

"We're probably more fearful of them now than going into the first game because they hadn't hit their straps," he told the Townsville Bulletin. "They're a very good side, a good prospect, they've shown a lot more form and better consistency over the last four weeks."

The Fury have dropped their past two matches at home whilst the Heart have not been beaten in five matches but McLaren says there is confidence within the squad.

"We don't go into any game in this competition believing we can't win and we think we can win," he added.