Adelaide United will test their championship credentials when the undefeated Perth Glory come to Coopers Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
With two wins from as many starts, the Glory have hit the ground running at the start of the 2014/15 season, with Andy Keogh’s hat-trick against the Brisbane Roar sure to have made the Reds defence sit up and take notice.
United are also in winning form, however, coming from their 3-1 victory over Sydney FC in their FFA Cup quarter-final on Tuesday night.
The home side are yet to taste defeat themselves so expect both teams to come out full of confidence, pace and an eye for goal.
Glory coach Kenny Lowe has recruited well in the off-season, with Keogh and former Western Sydney Wanderer Youssouff Hersi providing quality to his line-up.
The Reds will be out to attack but must also be wary of these players – it remains to be seen whether this vigilance may hamper the home-team’s natural flair.
It will also be interesting just how much energy the Reds players have after their mid-week cup tie.
Josep Gombau may have to take that into consideration when picking his run-on side but also in planning his substitutions – the pace of this one may dictate the need to bring on players earlier that he usually would.
The Glory also have no expectations on them this season, which may be a factor in their impressive start.
United are expected to finish towards the top of the A-League, so whether that pressure will tell should the game go down to the wire will go a long way to telling us just where they are at.
Can the Reds beat the Glory?