The big three

Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson has named three star Melbourne Heart players as the main threat for Sunday’s game at AAMI Park.

Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson has named three star Melbourne Heart players as the main threat for Sunday-s game at AAMI Park.

In what promises to be an explosive encounter with some the Hyundai A-Leagues most attacking players, Ferguson says Brazilian midfielder Fred, Mate Dugandzic and David Williams are the ones to watch.

"We've identified three of their players that I think can really cause us problems, so we really need to make sure we're on our game to stop them playing," Ferguson said.

"It's no secret. Everybody knows they play, going forward, with pace and Fred makes them tick. He's the one who sits on the right hand side of the midfield, in the three, Williams and Dugandzic, left and right (up front). They are pacey. (Jason) Hoffman gets in there as well and they've got a new Brazilian (Maycon) up there.

"They're a good team. (But) we are trying to make it so that we can cause problems, rather than them causing us problems."

A squad of 16 departed for Melbourne today but defender Josh Mitchell did make the trip, failing to recover from an ankle injury he picked up at training on Wednesday.

With competition for spots in the squad red-hot, Ferguson said the pressure to perform is on everyone.

"Nobody is guaranteed a place. This team that started on Sunday did a fantastic job. Even the boys that came off the bench added to it. (They) contributed to the game.

"We're delighted with the performance of everyone that took part in that game.

"I've said to the boys, and I've said to Mile (Sterjovski), everybody, it's about coming back and fighting double hard to try and get into that team."