Following two away fixtures, the Western Sydney Wanderers are finally back at home for Sunday’s rescheduled match against Wellington Phoenix.
It has almost been a month since these two sides met, playing in Round 16’s Hyundai A-League fixture at Westpac Stadium.
The match saw Brendon Santalab’s opening goal cancelled out by Matija Ljujic who earned his team a point from the meeting.
Santalab continued his scoring streak against the Phoenix in that meeting, having scored eight goals in his last ve games against the side.
Since that clash, the Wanderers have had mixed results. Back-to-back losses to Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory saw the Wanderers temporarily drop out of the Top Six, before a win against the Mariners last Sunday got things back on track for Finals Series qualification.
Wellington have had similar results over the last three rounds.
Away from home, they snatched a win on the road against an in-form Newcastle Jets before suffering back-to-back losses against Adelaide United and Sydney FC.
The Phoenix now sit eight points outside of the Top Six and will need to string together some wins over the next few rounds to try and get themselves back in the circle.
But first, they’ll need to try to secure three points against the Wanderers on Sunday night, who are undefeated in their last ve matches against Phoenix and have kept a first-half clean sheet in each of those matches.
Sunday’s match will mark the first time Wellington Phoenix have played at ANZ Stadium. Wellington have struggled to make an impact in New South Wales this season, having won only one of their last eight games.
The Wanderers have won three of their last four games against Wellington and will be looking to make it four from five on Sunday night.