They kicked off their season in the same way, but that's about where the similarities end, with Western Sydney striker Mark Bridge declaring they're an even bigger force to be reckoned with this campaign.

Just like last year, the Wanderers opened their A-League season with a draw against the Central Coast.

But while it took them until the fourth round to score a goal and register a win last year, Bridge feels it bodes well that they've already found the back of the net with new signing Tomi Juric netting the equaliser to ensure a 1-1 result in the grand final replay last week.

"Last year's gone and whatever happened then is pretty much irrelevant," vice captain Bridge told AAP.

"It took us a while to score last season and we scored in our first game this time, so that's a good sign.

"I think as a team collectively we are better at this stage than we were last season, that's for sure."

The Wanderers are preparing to take on Wellington in their first home game at Pirtek Stadium on Sunday.

The Phoenix went down 2-1 to a strong-looking Brisbane outfit last week, but perhaps have an even bigger challenge at hand against the reigning minor premiers on Sunday.

The fact that Shinji Ono, Juric and fellow new recruit Brendan Santalab all started on the bench last week shows the depth of Tony Popovic's squad.

But the Phoenix have skipper Andrew Durante, Jeremy Brockie, Leo Bertos and Glen Moss all back from international duties.

They are still without the injured Louis Fenton and Bertos is in slight doubt with a toe infection, but coach Ernie Merrick is confident all four will be fit and ready.

"They were very unlucky not to come away with any points," Bridge said.

"We watched the game and they were holding Brisbane, a very good team, to a draw until the very last minute.

"So with the players coming back from international duty it's going to make them even more competitive.

"There are no easy games in the A-League anymore. There used to be games where you could rely on three points here or there, but not anymore."

Popovic has declared all his players fit and ready for the clash and says he'll decide on his starting 11 after their final training session on Saturday.