Melbourne Victory will be aware of the threat of Alessandro Diamanti when they take on Western United for the first time in the A-League.
Victory's midfield came under scrutiny in the opening fortnight, but delivered an improved performance in round three against Brisbane.
Curbing the influence of Alessandro Diamanti and Panagiotis Kone is a fresh challenge for Marco Kurz's outfit, with Diamanti particularly prominent for United.
"You must control Diamanti because he makes the rhythm in the game; he can play the final passes; he plays very good in-swings, crossings and he can make the decision with a pass or to score a goal," Kurz said on Friday.
"It's (on) the team to control him. It's not a man against man - it depends in which area he is.
"We have to defend him well ... it's a job for the midfield position to control him, yes. But not only him - also the other three guys in the midfield from United."
Kurz was confident his side could cover the loss of Andrew Nabbout (hamstring), with striker Kenny Athiu potentially in line for further involvement.
United have been plagued by slow starts across their opening games - something coach Mark Rudan said his players and coaching staff had focused on during the week.
Rudan said his side needed to be diligent against Victory who were dangerous in transition.
"We need to start well, for starters, because we can't allow a team like Melbourne Victory, who are very good in transition," Rudan said.
"They're a transition side. We saw against Brisbane last week as well, they almost entice you into certain areas of the park. They want you to get into the middle of the park and they transition in speed.
"Yes, Nabbout is out but they've still got (Elvis) Kamsoba there and Ola Toivonen is a smart footballer. He's a very, very good footballer.
"And we've worked a lot on that transition inside of our defence as well, making sure that we're in the right areas and the right moments and we are smarter with the ball, that we don't fall into their trap because they're very good at doing that."
STATS THAT MATTER:
*The away team has been undefeated in the past eight Victorian derbies, winning five and drawing three
* Victory are the only team yet to concede a goal from within the box this campaign
* United have won only eight corners this season, less than any other team
* Diamanti has played 38 passes into the box this season, six more than anyone else in the competition.
Stats provided by Opta