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  • 25 February 2012
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  • • Allianz Stadium, Sydney
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A-League preview: Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix

A-League preview: Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix

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Another match sure to have a big effect on the finals race, Sydney FC are after their third successive win for over two years. Wellington, meanwhile, need goals - and fast.


PROBABLE LINEUP
SYDNEY FC


Necevski
Grant, Bosschaart, Beauchamp, Jamieson
Emerton, McFlynn, Chianese, Moriyasu
Carle, Cazarine

WELLINGTON PHOENIX



Paston
Muscat, Sigmund, Durante, Lochhead
Sanchez, Brown, Smith, Bertos
Ifill, Greenacre

 

Sydney FC will be looking to keep a foothold on their finals position when they host Wellington Phoenix at the Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday.

Sydney will also be looking for three successive wins for the first time since December 2009.

The Sky Blues come into the important encounter on the back of impressive wins against Perth Glory on February 11 and Adelaide United on Sunday.

With five games of the regular season remaining, the fight for a finals spot is still wide open, with Sydney sitting in sixth spot, two points ahead of seventh-placed Newcastle.

But it will not be easy for Sydney, with opponents Wellington looking to continue to challenge the reigning champions Brisbane Roar for second position.

Wellington were second on the A-League table as recent as Week 19, but a loss against Roar last Saturday saw them slip back to fourth.

The Phoenix will be buoyed by the return of New Zealand international Tim Brown and captain Andrew Durante, who come back from suspension.

They will be missing fan-favourite Daniel, however, after he picked up an ankle injury on Saturday.

Wellington have defeated Sydney in their past two matches this season, claiming 2-1 and 4-2 wins at Westpac Stadium.

But to show how close the middle of the pack is this season, a win for Sydney would bring them level on points with Phoenix.



DID YOU KNOW?

  • Wellington Phoenix have been kept scoreless in their past two matches - the first occasion they have not found the back of the net in successive games since November 2010.
  • Sydney FC have only once lost twice Phoenix at the SFS, the last of which was in 2008.
  • Out of 15 games between these two sides, only one has ever been a draw.
  • Wellington's highest-ever table position at the end of the home and away season was 4th in 2009-10.
  • Sydney have only scored one first-half goal in their past five matches.

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