Perth Glory can set up their season with consecutive wins at home over the next fortnight, according to goalkeeper Danny Vukovic.
Glory host A-League new boys Western Sydney Wanderers at nib Stadium on Sunday before taking on lowly-ranked Wellington Phoenix at the same ground six days later.
In eight previous meetings at nib Stadium, Glory have beaten Wellington six times, including last season's 3-2 semifinal win in extra time.
This week's match will be their first against the fledgling Wanderers, who sit seventh on the 10-team table with two wins and a draw from their first six games since entering the competition this year.
Vukovic said fourth-placed Glory were happy with last Sunday's 1-1 draw away to high-flying Adelaide and were ready to capitalise on a positive start to the season.
"We're very confident playing at home and we know how hard it is for teams to travel over here and play against us," Vukovic said.
"We're hoping to pick up maximum points in the next two games and if we can do that we'll be right up there on top of the table."
Striker Billy Mehmet is again likely to lead the way against Western Sydney with Shane Smeltz still on the comeback trail from a hamstring injury that kept him out for a month.
Smeltz is in Shanghai on international duty with New Zealand and Glory officials have spoken to their All Whites counterparts to make sure the prolific striker is well looked after.
It was during his last international stint that Smeltz was overworked and tore his left hamstring in the second game against Tahiti after pulling up sore from the first game.
Smeltz came off the bench to play 25 minutes against Adelaide and looked sharp, but Glory are still cautious about pushing him too hard.
Mehmet scored his third goal of the season against the Reds with a neat side-footer from close range to give Glory a share of the spoils and has been in fine touch.
But Vukovic said Mehmet and his fellow attackers would have their work cut out against a strong Wanderers defence that has conceded fewer than a goal a game this season and ranks third behind top sides Central Coast and Adelaide United.
"They don't give away easy goals and now they've started scoring a few goals as well," Vukovic said.
"We know they're going to be hard to break down but we're confident we can get the result."Vukovic has played a key role for Glory this season and was in superb form against Adelaide.
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