Wellington Phoenix v Adelaide United: match preview
The resurgent Adelaide United dealt with one Finals Series contender last Sunday; now they have to prove their metal once again when third (fourth??) placed Wellington Phoenix come knocking on Saturday night.
Carl Veart took charge in his first game as interim Head Coach for the Reds against Brisbane Roar in their first game since the Hyundai A-League relaunch and came away with all three points, securing a slender 1-0 victory.
It was the Reds' first win in five games as they ended a four-match losing streak and surged back into sixth position on the Hyundai A-League table.
And they'll be out for vengeance against a Phoenix outfit which stole all three points in a come-from-behind 2-1 win when the two sides last met at Coopers Stadium in Round 8.
Wellington come into the contest with the Reds with their gaze firmly set on second spot on the Hyundai A-League table - a 2-1 win over Perth Glory on Wednesday night took Ufuk Talay's side to within one point of second-placed Melbourne City with a game in hand on their title rivals.
But three points won't come easily for Wellington; the Reds have games in hand on both Western United and Western Sydney Wanderers who will push hard for a place in the top six, handing Carl Veart's a win-at-all-costs task over the last four games of the 2019/20 campaign to ensure he keeps Adelaide's Finals Series hopes alive.
Saturday, 25 July 2020
Kick-off: 5.00pm AEDT
Venue: Bankwest Stadium
Broadcast: FOX Sports 507
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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Perth Glory squad: 2.Alex GRANT, 3.Jacob TRATT, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 7.Joel CHIANESE, 8.James MEREDITH, 9.Bruno FORNAROLI, 13.Osama MALIK, 16.Tomislav MRCELA, 18.Nick D'AGOSTINO, 20.Jake BRIMMER, 21.Tarek ELRICH, 22.Vince LIA, 23.Dane INGHAM, 25.Carlo ARMIENTO, 27.JUANDE, 28.Gabriel POPOVIC, 29.Kristian POPOVIC, 33.Liam REDDY (GK), 50.Daniel MARGUSH (GK), 88.Neil KILKENNY (c)
Ins: 16.Tomislav MRCELA (promoted), 21.Tarek ELRICH (promoted)
Wellington Phoenix squad: 1.Stefan MARINOVIC (gk), 2.Liam McGING, 3.Luke DEVERE, 4.Te Atawhai HUDSON-WIHONGI, 5.Matti STEINMANN, 7.Reno PISCOPO, 8.Cameron DEVLIN, 9. David BALL, 10.Ulises DAVILA, 11.Jaushua SOTIRIO, 12. Brandan Wilson, 13.Liberato CACACE, 14.Alex RUFER, 16.Louis FENTON, 17.Callan ELLIOT, 21.Callum McCOWATT, 27.Steven TAYLOR (c), 30.Zac JONES (gk), 31.Ben WAINE, 88. Gary HOOPER
**2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 4.Te Atawhai HUDSON-WIHONGI (promoted), 8.Cameron DEVLIN (return from suspension)
Unavailable: 6.Tim PAYNE (Suspended – 4 matches), 20.Oliver SAIL (gk) (Suspended – 4 matches)
Wellington Phoenix v Adelaide United