Preview: Wanderers vs Wellington

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Hyundai A-League football returns to Spotless Stadium for the second time this week as the Wanderers take on Wellington Phoenix on Saturday night. 

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The pressure is set to noticeably rise as we enter into the penultimate month of the regular season. 

After Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Perth Glory at Spotless, the Wanderers sit in sixth place, two points below Adelaide United in fifth, two points ahead of Brisbane Roar in seventh and four points ahead of the Glory in eighth. 

With just four matches remaining for the Wanderers after tonight’s fixture – the last two being at home to Brisbane and Adelaide – every point is precious as teams clamour for a finals spot. 

Josep Gombau will be desperate to secure a home semi final, with five points separating the Wanderers from Melbourne Victory who currently sit in the coveted fourth place spot. 


Unfortunately for the visiting team, Wellington have found the going tough this season and sit bottom of the ladder after last week’s 1-0 loss to the Central Coast Mariners. 

It’s been a tumultuous week for the Nix after coach Darije Kalezic announced he would not be continuing with the club effective immediately. 

With a finals spot seemingly out of reach, Wellington’s focus will now be on aiming to restore some pride as the season draws to a close.

This Saturday’s fixture will mark the third league meeting between the pair this season, following the Wanderers’ 4-0 win at ANZ Stadium last month and the 1-1 draw at Westpac Stadium at the beginning of the year.

These two sides also met in the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 last year, where a last-gasp extra-time header from Oriol Riera secured a 1-0 win for the Red & Black.

The omens suggest that the Wanderers may well continue their winning ways – they are unbeaten in their last seven fixtures here at Spotless and are without a loss against this Nix in the last six league meetings.