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.
The Wanderers passed the first hurdle with flying colours, beating the Glory 2-0 in Perth on Saturday night.
They're 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 was their first Asian Champions League match last night at home against 2012 champions Ulsan Hyundai.
On Sunday at 5pm, Popovic's men will be back home at Pirtek Stadium to host the Newcastle Jets in round 21 of the A-League.
At the end of that, there will be just 10 more games to go before their marathon ends.
The Wanderers' hopes of defending their Premier's Plate looked gone a few rounds back when the Roar were runaway leaders.
But two shock Brisbane losses on the trot have the Wanderers back in it if they continue their momentum with seven rounds left.