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Wellington Phoenix vs Sydney FC: A-League live scores, blog

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6th October, 2012

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Wellington V Sydney

WELLINGTON REGIONAL STADIUM, WELLINGTON, 6 OCTOBER 2012

 
Wellington Match Completed Sydney
2 FINAL SCORE 0
1 HALF TIME SCORE 0
19 SHOTS 8
10 SHOTS ON GOAL 2
14 FOULS 14
10 CORNERS 2
4 OFFSIDES 3
50 POSSESSION 50
Teams

Wellington Phoenix

1. Mark PASTON
2. Manny MUSCAT
3. Tony LOCHHEAD
6. Michael BOXALL
24. Alexander SMITH
7. Leo BERTOS
8. Paul IFILL
9. Benjamin TOTORI
10. Stein HUYSEGEMS
11. Jeremy BROCKIE
12. Tyler BOYD
15. Cameron LINDSAY
16. Louis FENTON
18. Ben SIGMUND
20. Glen MOSS
22. Andrew DURANTE
28. Ricardo CLARKE

Sydney FC

1. Ivan NECEVSKI
2. Sebastian RYALL
3. Fabio ALVES
7. Brett EMERTON
8. Adam GRIFFITHS
9. Paul REID
10.Alessandro DEL PIERRO
14. Mitchell MALLIA
15. Terry MCFLYNN
16. Joel CHIANESE
17. Terry ANTONIS
18. Trent MCCLENAHAN
19.Krunoslav LOVREK
20.Vedran JANJETOVIC
21. Yairo YAU
22. Ali ABBAS


Kick-off: 4:30pm AEST, 7:30pm local
Venue: Westpac Stadium
Head-to-head: Played 17: Wins: Wellington 8, Sydney FC 8, Draws: 1
Previous encounter: Wellington 3 Sydney FC 2, March 30, 2012
Betting: $2.25 Wellington, $3.35 Draw, $2.90 Sydney FC
TV: Fox Sports 1 (LIVE)
Former Juventus great Alessandro Del Piero speaks at his first press conference in Sydney on September 17, 2012 as he begins a two-year stint with Sydney FC in Australia's A-League. The signing of Del Piero, who spent 19 years at Juventus, has been hailed as a significant moment for the A-League, which is entering its eighth season but has struggled over the years with patchy crowds and financial troubles. AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD
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Alessandro Del Piero begins his A-League career with a tough trip across the Tasman as Sydney FC play a Wellington Phoenix side that has had the wood over the Sky Blues in recent matches. Join us for live scores and commentary from 4:30pm AEST.

Much of the focus on tonight’s match will be on the performance of Italian legend Del Piero and should coach Ian Crook start him, Sydney FC will need their star talisman performing at his best if they are to leave Wellington with all three points.

The Phoenix have won their past four matches against Sydney and will be keen to continue their dominance over the Sky Blues with a strong showing in their first home game of the season.

While Del Piero does represent the biggest threat to Wellington’s chances of victory, the Phoenix should be aware that the former Juventus player may be lacking match fitness heading into tonight’s tussle.

Del Piero’s last competitive match was in the Coppa Italia final in May, where he played 60 minutes for Juventus in a 2-0 loss to Napoli.

Five months without football is a long time in anyone’s book so it may take a little while for Del Piero to click into gear for Sydney FC.

If Del Piero is slow out of the blocks, the onus will be on Brett Emerton to ignite Sydney’s attack against a Phoenix defence that is difficult to break through at the best of times.

Wellington will no doubt be keen to crowd the space in between defence and midfield in a bid to unsettle Del Piero and deny him the space necessary to gather his rhythm and supreme ball control.

If Del Piero is kept quiet, it remains to be seen if Sydney possesses the attacking arsenal necessary to trouble Wellington on the scoreboard given their lack of match practice during the pre-season.

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With both teams fairly evenly matched, this could well end up being a grinding affair at the Cake Tin and it wouldn’t surprise to see both teams start their campaign with a score draw.

Prediction: Wellington 1-1 Sydney