A-League preview: Adelaide United v Wellington Phoenix

With the spicy recent history between the duo, all eyes will be firmly locked on the match at Hindmarsh Stadium on Sunday
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Watson, Fyfe, Boogaard, Cassio
Carrusca, Malik, Vidosic
Ferreira, Djite, Kostopoulos


Bertos, Durante, Sigmund, Lochhead
Ifill, Muscat, Lia, Fenton
Huysegems, Brockie

There promises to be plenty of feeling in this one given what happened when the sides met earlier this season.

For those who do not remember, Phoenix defender Ben Sigmund was sent off for fouling Jeronimo Neumann, with Wellington skipper Andrew Durante labelling the Argentine a "cheat" for diving.

What all that means is what should be a fiery and physical encounter at Hindmarsh.

The Reds will undoubtedly start heavy favourites after their emphatic 4-2 win over Melbourne Victory last Friday.

Second-placed United are already six points clear of the Victory in third and are bolstered this week by the return of captain and goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic from Australia duty.

Meanwhile, the Phoenix saw their three-game unbeaten run come to a halt last Sunday in a surprise 2-1 home defeat to lowly Sydney FC.

Herbert has hinted at changes to his side following the lacklustre performance, with the likes of Louis Fenton, Tyler Boyd and fit-again Dani Sanchez all chances to come into the starting line-up.

The Reds played some of the most scintillating football this season in the opening half an hour against Victory last Friday, tearing the visitors to shreds and netting four exceptional goals.

It was the type of football that has John Kosmina's side being rightly touted as title favourites.

But the real challenge comes in doing that week in, week out, and against opposition they are expected to beat.

Meanwhile, nobody in the Phoenix camp will have forgotten the events that transpired when the two sides last met.

But it is vital Ricki Herbert does his best to keep his players' emotions in check and focus on their performance - and not retribution on Neumann.

Wellington have already shown this season they are a formidable outfit when they are all on the same page but can be just as vulnerable when off their game. They all need to be working together for the same cause to upset the red-hot Adelaide.

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