Wellington Phoenix v Western Sydney Wanderers: match preview

Auckland’s Eden Park is the venue as Wellington Phoenix aim for three wins on the spin when Western Sydney Wanderers come to town on Saturday.

These two sides have been in contrasting form of late, with Phoenix – who failed to win any of their first five games – having the chance to leapfrog the visitors with a win in this one.

After going unbeaten in their first four matches, last weekend’s 2-0 loss to Newcastle Jets was a third on the trot for the Wanderers, increasing the pressure on the players and coach Markus Babbel.

And you should expect a few goals in this clash as well.

The Wanderers have neither kept or conceded a clean sheet in any of their last nine games outside of NSW, while the Phoenix are one of only two clubs (with Perth Glory) yet to keep a clean sheet in 2019/20.

It all points to what should be a tense but entertaining clash in Auckland on Saturday afternoon, which can be seen LIVE and FREE on ABC TV.

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Saturday, December 7 2019
Kick-off: 5.00pm AEDT
Venue: Eden Park
Broadcast: ABC TV, FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports, ABC iView 

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Team news

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), 32.Sam SUTTON (promoted)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: 16.Louis FENTON (shoulder)

Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: 1.Daniel LOPAR (gk), 4.Dylan MCGOWAN, 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6.Matthew JURMAN, 7.Mitchell DUKE (c), 9.Nicolai MULLER, 11.Bruce KAMAU, 13.Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS, 14.Alex MEIER, 16.Matheiu CORDIER, 17.Keanu BACCUS, 19.Pirmin SCHWEGLER, 21.Tarek ELRICH, 22.Nicholas SULLIVAN, 27.Kwame YEBOAH, 29.Daniel WILMERING, 33.Tate RUSSELL, 34.Patrick ZIEGLER, 35.Mohamed ADAM, 40.Nicholas SUMAN (gk)

**2-4 to be omitted**

 Ins: 16.Matheiu CORDIER (promoted), 33.Tate RUSSELL (promoted)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: 8.Jordan O’DOHERTY (knee), 10.Radoslaw MAJEWKI (knee), 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (shoulder)

Where heroes are made

Did you know?

  • Western Sydney Wanderers have won eight of their last 13 Hyundai A-League games against the Wellington Phoenix (D2, L3), scoring at least one goal in each of those 13 games.
  • Wellington Phoenix are undefeated in four previous matches at Auckland’s Eden Park in the Hyundai A-League (W2, D2).
  • No player has created more scoring chances for a teammate than Phoenix’s Ulises Dávila has created for David Ball so far this Hyundai A-League campaign (7).

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Round 9: Phoenix v Wanderers