THE vital second spot on the A-League ladder is the Western Sydney Wanderers to lose.
After their 1-1 draw with runaway leaders Brisbane Roar on Saturday night at Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta, the Wanderers are equal second on the ladder on 39 points with the Central Coast Mariners, but ahead on goal difference.
So all the Wanderers have to do to end up second is beat Melbourne Heart this weekend.
In the last round before the finals, the Wanderers will travel to Melbourne to clash with Heart at AAMI Park, Melbourne on Saturday. Kick-off is at 5.30pm. Three points will ensure the Wanderers will keep second spot and get a week's rest.
A loss could have a number of outcomes, including dropping to as low as fourth or fifth and going into the finals having to play in a sudden death clash.
But the Wanderers are fighters, as they showed at Parramatta against the Roar, and it is this quality which will almost certainly see them overcome Heart, whose season is over.
The Wanderers conceded a goal in the first half, but bravely fought back to get the draw.
With a little luck they could have got the three points, but could also have got none if the fates had completely favoured the Queenslanders.