The speed of Melbourne Victory's attacking players poses the biggest threat to Perth Glory's chances of snaring a vital win in Saturday's game at nib Stadium.
But Glory captain Jacob Burns believes the visitors' attack- minded game plan will leave them exposed at the other end.
Victory are level with Adelaide United as the A-League's highest-scoring team this season, their first under Ange Postecoglou, with Archie Thompson, Marco Rojas and Marcos Flores running rampant.
The Victory have scored 27 goals in 16 matches but have conceded just as many at the other end, at an average of 1.7 goals a game.
Conversely, Glory have struggled to find the net this season and have usually been stingy in defence.
"If there's something that we're going to exploit, I think it's their defence," Burns said.
"They've got to attack with Flores and Rojas and Archie in abundance.
"I know they've lost (Gui) Finkler but they've got very capable players going forward.
"But I think we do, too. If you look at our personnel, I think we're going to test them down their end."
Glory have been working on ways to combat Victory's leg speed and quick ball movement and will look to lock down the playmakers.
They remain hopeful Socceroos defender Michael Thwaite will return to the back four after missing three matches with a torn calf.
Thwaite joined a high-intensity session yesterday but will have to prove his fitness later in the week.