Muscat wary of Wanderers' attacking strengths ahead of A-League blockbuster

The Victory boss this refusing to take this weekend's opponents lightly in what looms as a danger match for the champions

Western Sydney Wanderers may be sitting in eighth place with only one win, but Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat is worried about his opponent's attacking potency heading into Saturday night's A-League blockbuster.

Fresh from a 2-1 win on the road against bitter rivals Sydney FC, Victory have moved up to second position in the table - four points behind competition leaders Perth Glory

When asked by a journalist if Victory were confident of continuing their momentum and beating an 'out-of-form' opponent, Muscat revealed some interesting stats proving the danger Wanderers can pose going forward.

"[Wanderers] created a hell of a lot of chances last week [in the 2-0 loss to Newcastle Jets]," Muscat said.

"They are No.1 in the league for shots on target and chances created. We've prepared for that rather than what the scoreboard has been telling us."

"From analysing them they have been chopping and changing and really haven't settled on an XI.

"They have pace in wide areas and obviously a very good striker [in Oriol Riera]."

Victory do have a fitness concern with centre-half Georg Niedermeier - who was concussed in the Big Blue - but Muscat said the German was likely to be involved on Saturday night.

However he didn't commit to star striker Ola Toivonen playing 90 minutes in the match, despite the Swede scoring the opening goal against the Sky Blues in his debut start for the club.

"It's difficult for me to put a timeframe on [Toivinen being ready for a full match]," Muscat said. 

"The players, the group, the team are still understanding the strengths of each other.

"Ola made some really good contributions last week and really good runs. He is a clever footballer who gives us a different dimension."