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
Bertos, Durante, Sigmund, Lochhead
Lia, Muscat, SmithBrockie, Huysegems, Ifill
WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS
Polenz, T-Stanley, Beauchamp, D'Apuzzo
Trifiro, Poljak, MooyMinniecon, Kresinger, Bridge
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.