The A-League returned to action this weekend with another series of games as Wellington Phoenix download Perth Glory at the NIB Stadium on Sunday. Both teams have been pretty inconsistent this season and will want to make a statement on this schedule.
Wellington Phoenix is currently in ninth place in the A-League rankings and has not been the best this season. The New Zealanders have beaten Western United to a crucial 3-2 win in their previous match and will be safe ahead of this match.
Perth Glory are currently in 10th place in the league table and have also endured a tough campaign. The Western Australian outfit played a 1-1 draw against fellow Perth Glory wrestlers last week and will want to return to victory this weekend.
Perth Glory vs Wellington Phoenix, head to head matches
Perth Glory has a good record against Wellington Phoenix and has won in 20 games out of a total of 43 matches played by the two teams. Wellington Phoenix have managed 16 wins against Perth Glory and will want to improve their record in this match.
The previous meeting of the two ocean sides took place last month and ended in a decisive 3-0 victory for Wellington Phoenix. Perth Glory were gloomy during the night and cannot afford a similar result this weekend.
A-League Perth Glory Form Guide: DLLWD
A-League Wellington Phoenix Form Guide: DLLLL
Perth Glory – Wellington Phoenix Team News
Christopher Oikonomidis and Osama Malik are suffering from a long knock for Perth Glory and will be unavailable for this game. Diego Castro has recovered from injury and will be included in the squad.
Injured: Christopher Oikonomidis, Osama Malik
Luke De Vere is currently injured for Wellington Phoenix and will not be able to play a role in this match. Tomer Hemed and Liam McGing have recovered from the knock and should perform in this game.
Injured: Luke De Vere
Perth Glory – Wellington Phoenix Predicted XI
Perth Glory predicts XI (4-4-2): Liam Reddy; Dane Ingham, Darryl Lachman, Jonathan Aspropotamitis, Nicholas Walsh; Declan Hughes, Neil Kilkenny, Daniel Stynes, Nicholas D’Agostino; Diego Castro, Bruno Fornaroli
Wellington Phoenix predicts XI (4-4-2): Oliver Sail; James McGarry, Steven Taylor, Tim Payne, Louis Fenton; Alex Rufer, Clayton Lewis, Ulysses Davila, Reno Piscopo; Tomer Hemed, David Ball
Perth Glory – Wellington Phoenix prediction
Perth Glory has great players in its ranks, but has yet to justify its potential this season. The host does not have a good defensive record this year and will have to be more robust in this match.
With Tomer Hemed and Ulysses Davila shooting at all cylinders, Wellington Phoenix can be deadly for their day. The away team is currently a better team and should be able to win this match.
Prediction: Perth Glory 1-2 Wellington Phoenix