Match Preview: Wanderers v Wellington

Western Sydney Wanderers play host to Wellington Phoenix on Friday for an A-League Men clash at CommBank Stadium.

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Western Sydney Wanderers are in fourth place on 38 points through 24 matches. Wanderers won their last A-League Men match 2-1 at home against Melbourne Victory.

Wellington Phoenix played out a 2-2 draw against Brisbane Roar at Eden Park in their last league match to extend their winless streak to four (W0 D1 L3)

The previous A-League Men fixture between the sides saw them play out a 1-1 draw at WIN Stadium in December. Bozhidar Kraev scored the lone goal for the Nix in the 61st minute. Yeni N’Gbakoto scored the Wanderers’ lone goal in the 79th minute.

Wellington have got the better of Wanderers of late, unbeaten in their last three A-League Men matches (W2 D1 L0). Wanderers are looking for their first league win in fixtures between the two teams since December 2021. The Nix have outscored the Wanderers 4-2 during their unbeaten streak.

Brandon Borrello has been a key performer for Wanderers this season. He is the side’s leading scorer with 11 goals, which is tied for the fourth highest in the competition, five of those having been the critical first of the match.

WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 10: The Wanderers form a huddle during the round seven A-League Men’s match between Wellington Phoenix and Western Sydney Wanderers at WIN Stadium, on December 10, 2022, in Wollongong, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Visitors Wellington have been spearheaded in attack thanks to Oskar Zawada, who has scored on 14 occasions, including eight match-opening goals. The striker ranks third among the league’s top scorers in 2022/2023.

Hosts Wanderers have seven wins, two draws, and three losses this season in 12 A-League Men contests at home. In league matches away from home this season, Wellington have three wins, three draws, and five losses. The Nix are on a three-match away winless streak (W0 D1 L2). The last time they won away was February 17 against Western United.

In their last six league matches, Wanderers have won three, drawn one and lost two. Wellington, meanwhile, have won two, drawn one and lost three in their last six.