Perth Glory interim coach Alistair Edwards will take an unchanged line-up into today's crunch A-League clash with high-flying Western Sydney Wanderers at Parramatta Stadium.
Edwards will reward his first-choice line-up for their 2-1 win over league leaders Central Coast last Saturday in a game that could go a long way towards deciding Glory's fate this season.
Glory are within sight of the top six despite a terrible mid-season run but can't afford many slip-ups in their remaining six games.
Edwards' selection decision means there is no room for fringe Socceroos defender Scott Jamieson, who will have to make do with a place on the bench after recovering from a foot injury.
Glory will again be without captain Jacob Burns, who will miss a fifth game with a back injury.
Glory are riding high on confidence after ending a five-game losing streak last week and will fancy their chances of causing another upset today.
But the Wanderers have won their past six matches and will be playing in front of a big and vocal home crowd.
Former Socceroo Edwards holds fond memories of the pitch, having scored there for Sydney Olympic in the NSL grand final win over Marconi in 1990. He said his players would relish the chance to play in front of Wanderers fans, who have quickly formed one of the league's most passionate supporter bases.
"We hope it's a full stadium because we've got some guys who are really looking forward to embracing that type of atmosphere," Edwards said.
"We want to go over there and play good football against a good football team in front of a full stadium."
Edwards said he was looking forward to the tactical battle with former Socceroos teammate Tony Popovic, who has exceeded all expectations as coach of the Wanderers in their debut season.
Western Sydney sit just one point behind Central Coast and could overtake their NSW rivals if results go their way this week.
Popovic said his players remained focused on constant improvement and would not be distracted by the battle for top spot.
"It's not something I've mentioned throughout the year at all and it's not something we'll start thinking about now," Popovic said.
"The last couple of weeks we feel that in certain areas we can do better and the players know that themselves."·Newcastle held on to sixth spot on the A-League ladder after drawing 0-0 with Brisbane at Hunter Stadium last night.
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