THE Western Sydney Wanderers have taken the first step in a 53-day marathon in which they will play 13 matches.
That's a match every four days or so, a schedule that's bound to test the limits of the club's playing resources.
Coach Tony Popovic's strategy of resting players leading up to this tough period will also come under examination.
In any case, the Wanderers passed the first hurdle with flying colours, beating the Glory 2-0 in Perth on Saturday night, and are now just four points away from competition leaders Brisbane Roar, who were ambushed 1-0 in Melbourne by the Heart on Sunday.
The next game in the Wanderers marathon is their first ever Asian Champions League match this Wednesday night at home against 2012 champions Ulsan Hyundai.
Four days later, on Sunday, March 2 at 5pm, Popovic's men will be back at Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta, to host the Newcastle Jets in round 21 of the A-League. And if they get through that unscathed — and hopefully pocket the three points for a win — the Wanderers marathon countdown will be at 10 games to go.