Adelaide United v Wellington Phoenix: match preview
In-form Adelaide United will need to avoid any complacency when Wellington Phoenix head to Coopers Stadium in the final match of Round 8 on Sunday.
The Reds are flying right now, having won four in a row including their 3-1 triumph over Melbourne Victory on Saturday night.
Having already won the FFA Cup under Gertjan Verbeek, Adelaide fans are beginning to dream of Hyundai A-League glory, especially with the likes of Riley McGree, James Troisi and Louis D’Arrigo in such devastating form.
But the Phoenix will be looking to put a halt to the Reds’ charge when they come to town rejuvenated from their first win of the campaign.
Ufuk Talay’s side disposed of Brisbane Roar 2-1 on the weekend to give his young squad a much-needed boost.
Phoenix certainly have the firepower and talent to pull off an upset on the road, but it will take something special to knock over this classy Adelaide outfit.
Sunday, December 1 2019
Kick-off: 6.00pm AEDT
Venue: Coopers Stadium
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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Adelaide United squad: 2.Michael MARRONE, 4.Ryan STRAIN, 5.Michaël MARIA, 6.Vince LIA, 7.Ryan KITTO, 8.Riley McGREE, 10.James TROISI, 11.Kristian OPSETH, 14.George BLACKWOOD, 16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, 17.Nikola MILEUSNIĆ, 18.Lachlan BROOK, 20.Paul IZZO (gk), 22.Michael JAKOBSEN (c), 23.Jordan ELSEY, 26.Ben HALLORAN, 27.Louis D’ARRIGO, 30.Isaac RICHARDS (gk), 35.Al Hassan TOURE
**2-3 to be omitted**
Ins: 18.Lachlan BROOK (promoted), 26.Ben HALLORAN (returns from injury)
Unavailable: 31.Mirko BOLAND (knee), 36.Noah SMITH (foot)
Wellington Phoenix squad: 1.Stefan MARINOVIC (gk), 2.Liam McGING, 3.Luke DEVERE, 4.Te Atawhai HUDSON-WIHONGI, 5.Matti STEINMANN, 6.Tim PAYNE, 7.Reno PISCOPO, 8.Cameron DEVLIN, 9.David BALL, 10.Ulises DAVILA, 11.Jaushua SOTIRIO, 13.Liberato CACACE, 14.Alex RUFER, 20.Oliver SAIL (gk), 21.Callum MCCOWATT, 23.Walter SCOTT, 27.Steven TAYLOR (c), 31.Ben WAINE, 32. Sam SUTTON, 88. Gary HOOPER
**2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 4.Te Atawhai HUDSON-WIHONGI (promoted), 23.Walter SCOTT (promoted)
Unavailable: 16.Louis FENTON (shoulder)
Did you know?
- Adelaide United are undefeated in their last 11 Hyundai A-League matches against Wellington Phoenix (W7, D4). They haven’t lost to the New Zealand outfit since November 2015.
- The Reds have won their last four Hyundai A-League matches on the bounce, the last time they enjoyed a longer winning run was a five-match span from March to May in 2016.
- The Phoenix have the best tackle success rate (63/99 – 64%) of any team this Hyundai A-League season, nine percentage points more than Adelaide United (54/99 – 55%).