A trip to A-League bottom side Wellington Phoenix looms as a must-win for Perth Glory this Saturday.
The Glory are six points behind Western Sydney, who currently occupy the last Finals Series spot, so taking on the struggling Phoenix should be just what Kenny Lowe's side needs.
Despite going through a run of six defeats in seven matches, Perth remain challengers for top six - not least as they beat Wanderers in a six-pointer last month.
The Phoenix thrashed Perth the last time the teams met at Westpac Stadium in November, but that's one of just three victories they've managed all season.
Five of the Glory's last eight matches will be at home, so they have a favourable run-in.
"Yeah it's a big game," said Lowe. "Every game's important but more so this one because it sets you up. We've got a few home games.
"If we can go there (Wellington) and get three points then you roll into some home games which can carry a bit of momentum with a third of the season left. There's still lots to play for, there are lots of twists and turns; a lot of things can happen in a third of a season."
Lowe says while the Phoenix are on a bad run, they remain fundamentally a good side who will be looking to bounce back after consecutive 4-0 defeats away to Sydney FC and Western Sydney.
"They are probably a little bit down on their luck, not firing, but well capable of firing," added the coach.
Lowe still has striker Adam Taggart unavailable as he's battling back from the second of two hamstring tears he's suffered this season.
He's missed 12 games, and remains on a modified training schedule with the hope he will be fit for the home clash with Melbourne City next round.
The Glory are 17/10 to beat Wellington, who are 7/5, with the draw 11/4.
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