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  • 2 December 2012
  • • 14:30
  • • Westpac Stadium, Wellington
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A-League preview: Wellington Phoenix v Western Sydney Wanderers

A-League preview: Wellington Phoenix v Western Sydney Wanderers

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There are few more daunting away trips than taking on Phoenix in Wellington, particularly with the hosts brimming with confidence after claiming four points from two away matches

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  PROBABLE LINEUP
WELLINGTON PHOENIX

Paston
Bertos, Durante, Sigmund, Lochhead
Lia, Muscat, Smith
Brockie, Huysegems, Ifill
WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS

Covic
Polenz, T-Stanley, Beauchamp, D'Apuzzo
Trifiro, Poljak, Mooy
Minniecon, Kresinger, Bridge
Wellington got their season back on track with two impressive results on the road but will be delighted to be back on home turf for the clash with impressive competition newcomers Western Sydney.

Following their 3-0 thrashing of the Newcastle Jets a two weeks ago, Ricki Herbert decided to keep his side in Australia for the week and the move paid off as his troops came away with a well-earned 1-1 draw with Perth.

Given Wellington's current resurgence they are unlikely to make many changes to their starting side, with perhaps only Stein Huysegems coming in for Louis Fenton.  Griffin McMaster should be on the bench for the Phoenix, having signed on a short-term contract due to No.2 goalkeeper Glen Moss' injury.

The Wanderers' home struggles continued as they went down 2-0 to a 10-man Melbourne Victory last Saturday, making it just four points from a possible 15 at Parramatta Stadium.

Their road form, however, [two wins from three games] should give them confidence they can upset the Phoenix.

Tony Popovic is will be missing the influential Aaron Mooy who is away on Socceroos duty, leaving a big hole in the centre of midfield.

Youssef Hersi is serving the last game of his two-match ban, meaning Shannon Cole should keep his spot on the right of midfield. Japanese star Shinji Ono is still searching for his first A-League goal.

The Wanderers proved just a fortnight ago against the Glory that they can go on long road trips and come away with a win.

The Phoenix, meanwhile, have not been as formidable on their home patch this campaign as they have in previous seasons, but if they are to push for the finals again then this is a game they should be winning.

Western Sydney are struggling to score goals and the absence of their best player in Mooy is a huge blow.

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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Wellington Phoenix

Western Sydney Wanderers

Wins
1
2
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Wellington Phoenix FC WEL
Wellington Phoenix FC Wellington Phoenix
Draw
Western Sydney Wanderers FC WSW
Western Sydney Wanderers FC Western Sydney Wanderers
42%
58%

Top 3 Predictions

Wellington Phoenix FC WEL
0 - 1
Western Sydney Wanderers FC WSW
Wellington Phoenix FC WEL
4 - 1
Western Sydney Wanderers FC WSW
Wellington Phoenix FC WEL
0 - 3
Western Sydney Wanderers FC WSW

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