Wellington Phoenix v Western Sydney Wanderers: match preview
Wellington Phoenix can match their best-ever undefeated run if they avoid defeat against Western Sydney Wanderers this Saturday afternoon (kick off 2.45 AEDT).
Ufuk Talay's side extended their unbeaten streak to eight matches with a 2-1 triumph over Central Coast Mariners in Round 13 with international stars Ulises Davila and Gary Hooper on the scoresheet.
A win or draw against the Wanderers would equal the nine match unbeaten run achieved under Mark Rudan's guidance last season.
Western Sydney are out to cause a shock. The Wanderers succumbed to a 2-1 home defeat against Brisbane Roar last time out, following a mini-revival which brought a 1-1 draw with Western United and a 3-2 victory over Adelaide United.
Another defeat for the Red and Black will certainly not sit well with a fan base which held lofty ambitions for the season at the start of 2019/20.
Saturday, 11 January 2020
Kick-off: 4.45pm local, 2.45pm AEDT
Venue: Sky Stadium
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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Wellington Phoenix squad: 1.Stefan MARINOVIC (gk), 2.Liam McGING, 3.Luke DEVERE, 4.Te Atawhai HUDSON-WIHONGI, 5.Matti STEINMANN, 6.Tim PAYNE, 8.Cameron DEVLIN, 10.Ulises DAVILA, 11.Jaushua SOTIRIO, 12. Brandon WILSON, 13.Liberato CACACE, 17.Callan Elliot, 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: 12. Brandan Wilson (new signing), 23.Walter SCOTT (promoted)
Outs: 9. David Ball (Hip Flexor)
Unavailable: 7. Reno Piscopo (International Duty), 14.Alex RUFER (knee), 16.Louis FENTON (shoulder - season)
Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: 1.Daniel LOPAR (GK), 4.Dylan McGOWAN, 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6.Matthew JURMAN, 7.Mitchell DUKE (c), 8.Jordan O’DOHERTY, 9.Nicolai MULLER, 14.Alex MEIER, 19.Pirmin SCHWEGLER, 21.Tarek ELRICH, 22.Nicholas SULLIVAN, 23.Kosta GROZOS, 27.Kwame YEBOAH, 31.Noah PAGDEN, 33.Tate RUSSELL, 34.Patrick ZIEGLER, 35.Mohamed ADAM, 40.Nicholas SUMAN (GK), 59.Dean PELEKANOS, 62.Ali AUGLAH **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 8.Jordan O’DOHERTY (promoted), 19.Pirmin SCHWEGLER (returns from suspension), 62.Ali AUGLAH (promoted)
Outs: 53.Mohamed AL-TAAY (not selected)
Unavailable: 10.Radoslaw MAJEWSKI (knee), 11.Bruce KAMAU (injury), 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (shoulder), 29.Daniel WILMERING (knee)
Did you know?
- Wellington Phoenix have won their last three Hyundai A-League games on the bounce against the Western Sydney Wanderers after having won only one of their 11 meetings prior (D2, L8).
- The Wanderers have conceded exactly two goals in each of their last five Hyundai A-League away games, losing four times in that period (W1).
- Phoenix have a passing accuracy of 68% in the final third this Hyundai A-League campaign, the highest of any team in the competition.
- Nicolai Müller has scored three of Western Sydney Wanderers’ last four Hyundai A-League goals.