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  • 6 October 2012
  • • 16:30
  • • Westpac Stadium, Wellington
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A-League preview: Wellington Phoenix v Sydney FC

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

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  PROBABLE LINEUP
WELLINGTON PHOENIX


Paston
Muscat, Durante, Sigmund, Lochhead
Bertos, Lia, Sanchez, Fenton
Huysegems, Brockie

SYDNEY FC



Necevski
McClenahan, Ryall, Griffiths, Fabio
Emerton, Reid, McFlynn
Chianese, Del Piero, Lovrek

Wellington's 3-2 victory over Sydney FC in Week 1 of the 2011-12 finals extended their winning runto four games over the Sky Blues, with Ricki Herberts' men taking away all the points from this fixture in last campaign.

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.

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Last Five Matches

Wellington Phoenix

  • D
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • Sydney FC SYD
    0 - 0
    Wellington Phoenix FC WEL
  • Adelaide United FC ADE
    1 - 0
    Wellington Phoenix FC WEL
  • Wellington Phoenix FC WEL
    0 - 1
    Newcastle United FC NEW
  • West Ham United FC WHU
    1 - 2
    Wellington Phoenix FC WEL
  • Wellington Olympic WEL
    0 - 2
    Wellington Phoenix FC WEL

Sydney

  • D
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • Melbourne Victory FC VIC
    1 - 1
    Sydney FC SYD
  • Sydney United 58 FC SUT
    1 - 3
    Sydney FC SYD
  • Sydney FC SYD
    0 - 0
    Wellington Phoenix FC WEL
  • Canberra FC CAN
    0 - 5
    Sydney FC SYD
  • Sydney FC SYD
    2 - 0
    Brisbane Roar FC BRI

Head To Head

Wellington Phoenix

Sydney

Wins
1
1
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Wellington Phoenix FC WEL
Wellington Phoenix FC Wellington Phoenix
Draw
Sydney FC SYD
Sydney FC Sydney
23%
71%

Top 3 Predictions

Wellington Phoenix FC WEL
0 - 2
Sydney FC SYD
Wellington Phoenix FC WEL
1 - 2
Sydney FC SYD
Wellington Phoenix FC WEL
1 - 3
Sydney FC SYD

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