All eyes will be on Alessandro Del Piero when Sydney FC meet the Phoenix, but there is no doubt the Sky Blues face a tough test in Wellington
Muscat, Durante, Sigmund, Lochhead
Bertos, Lia, Sanchez, Fenton
McClenahan, Ryall, Griffiths, Fabio
Emerton, Reid, McFlynn
Chianese, Del Piero, Lovrek
The Phoenix head into the new A-League season with 19 goals scored in their last five games of pre-season action, routing YoungHeart Manawatu 7-1 in their final match before facing Sydney FC.
The Sky Blues lack match practice, playing their last state or A-League game on September 16; a 5-1 mauling at the hands of Brisbane Roar.
Leading marksman Paul Ifill declared himself fit for Wellington but is likely to start on the bench.
For Sydney FC, defender Pascal Bosschaart [Achilles] may miss, while Brett Emerton [ankle], Joel Chianese [thigh] and Adam Griffiths [hamstring] played in the club's intra-club match and should line-up in Wellington.
Jeremy Brockie's pre-season haul of 16 goals makes him a danger man for Sydney FC's defenders, and Alessandro Del Piero's class and quality will prove a threat to the Phoenix despite question marks over his fitness.
Sydney FC have recruited well, but a tough assignment away to a strong Wellington side may prove to difficult for the underprepared Sky Blues.