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Wellington Phoenix vs Western Sydney Wanderers A-League Preview and Team News - Phoenix aiming to continue impressive start to the season

Andrew Hendrie 31 Oct 2018
  • Wellington Phoenix face Western Sydney Wanderers in Round 3 of the A-League on Saturday
  • Wanderers unbeaten in their last seven games against Phoenix
Phoenix face Wanderers on Saturday

Wellington Phoenix look to continue their great start to the season when they play host to Western Sydney Wanderers in A-League Round 2 action on Saturday.

After taking four points from a possible six in their first two rounds against teams that made the top six last season, new Wellington coach Mark Rudan will be determined for his team to pick up a second win of the season against the Wanderers and continue their momentum up the ladder.

Phoenix were tagged as wooden spooners before a ball was kicked, but the Kiwi club have been one of the more impressive teams over the first two rounds, and now they have an excellent chance to potentially go top of the table after three games.

Taking out last season’s grand finalists Newcastle by a 2-1 scoreline in Round 1, Wellington showcased new-found resilience to dig out a 0-0 stalemate away to Brisbane last week. And with an upcoming clash against the winless Wanderers, Wellington are arguably favourites to make it seven points from nine.

Markus Babbel will be banned from the touchline after understandably losing his cool during his side’s controversial 2-0 defeat to Sydney FC at the SCG last week.

Babbel blew up after VAR disallowed a clear and legitimate goal for the Wanderers, denying them a chance to work their way back into the game and meaning his side come into this contest without a win.

Staring down the barrel of going three games without a win, can the Wanderers cross the Tasman and deliver an improved performance?

I’m not sure. The Wanderers are certainly a work in progress and they are far from a finished product, but they aren’t operating smoothly at the moment. Wellington are confident and resurgent under Rudan and if they play like they have in the first two games, they will give themselves a fantastic chance of claiming all three points.

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  • Wanderers undefeated in their last seven games against Wellington
  • Wanderers have beaten Phoenix by a combined scoreline of 8-1 in their last two meetings
  • Wanderers won their last clash at Westpac 2-0 in 2016

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