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The Wellington Phoenix host Adelaide United at Westpac Stadium in Round 5 of the 2018-19 A-League season. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 5:35pm (AEDT).
After something of a promising start for the Phoenix in the 2018/19 season, things have started to look a little shaky in the shaky isles after consecutive losses to Melbourne City and the Wanderers.
Mark Rudan looked to have established a harder edge to the Wellington defence yet the men in yellow have conceded five goals in their last two matches and find themselves seventh on the A-League table.
Adelaide looked to be heading in the other direction after a comfortable win against the Mariners three weeks back yet stumbled badly against competition leader Perth last time out.
As such, this is something of a tough match to line up with Marco Kurz’s side still struggling to finish in front of goal and without the heroics of Craig Goodwin, it is hard to see where the goals will come from moving forward.
Goodwin has made a spectacular start to the season and does need support up front if the Reds are to make a serious charge towards the finals in the coming months. The return of Nikola Mileusnic might just do the trick for Adelaide.
Wellington welcomes Nathan Burns back into the squad for this match and with similar problems up front, he could be a boost for Wellington’s chances.
Being able to ignite the front three and find some fluency in attack is the greatest challenge facing Rudan right now.
With Sarpreet Singh, Roy Krishna and David Williams sniffing around the box, there appears enough quality to produce goals yet their returns have been moderate so far.
I am expecting a much needed and improved performance from the Phoenix in this clash and Adelaide may find it tough to break down what has been a committed and solid defence in Wellington, led by Steven Taylor at the back.
Wellington Phoenix 1, Adelaide United 1
Catch all the action on The Roar live coverage from 5:35pm (AEDT).
Where: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
When: Saturday 24th Novemebr 2018, 5:35pm (AEDT)
TV: Fox Sports
Betting: Wellington Phoenix $3.60 Draw $3.60 Adelaide United $3.00
1. Filip Kurto (Gk), 4. Mandi Sosa, 5. Ryan Lowry, 6. Dylan Fox, 8. Mitch Nichols, 9. Nathan Burns, 11. David Williams, 13. Liberato Cacace, 14. Alex Rufer, 15. Michal Kopzcynski, 16. Louis Fenton, 18. Sarpreet Singh, 19. Tom Doyle, 20. Oliver Sail (Gk), 21. Roy Krishna, 22. Andrew Durante (C), 23. Max Burgess, 27. Steven Taylor.
2. Michael Marrone, 3. Scott Galloway, 4. Ryan Strain, 5. Taylor Regan, 6. Vince Lia, 7. Ryan Kitto, 8. Isaías Sánchez (C), 10. Ken Ilsø, 11. Craig Goodwin, 16. Nathan Konstandopoulos, 17. Nikola Mileusnić, 20. Paul Izzo (Gk), 22. Michael Jakobsen, 23. Jordan Elsey, 26. Ben Halloran, 30. Isaac Richards (Gk), 32. Carlo Armiento, 33. Apostolos Stamatelopoulos.