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The Wellington Phoenix head into the first A-League elimination final as favourites against Perth Glory. Join The Roar for live scores from 5pm (AEST).
Ufuk Talay has done a tremendous job with this Wellington squad, putting them in an excellent position to advance to the second week of the A-League finals. They haven’t been in the greatest form of late, managing three losses, two draws and just the solitary win since the competition restart last month, but having finished the ladder in third they do enter this match as favourites.
Perth’s form hasn’t been much to crow about either. Consecutive goalless losses precede today’s must-win match, one of which was a particularly concerning 4-0 drubbing at the hands of the Victory.
Tony Popovic’s side have really struggled without star man Diego Castro, who hasn’t played since the COVID break, but Wellington will be without a key attacker of their own, with Gary Hooper still sidelined with an injury. Hooper has been going at better than a goal every three games for the Kiwis, so his absence will be welcomed by the Glory defence.
These two sides last met exactly one month ago, and while Perth had the better of possession and more shots on target, a Hooper strike and Ulises Davila penalty were enough to give the Nix a 2-1 win.
Kick-off: 5pm (AEST)
Venue: Bankwest Stadium
TV: Fox Sports
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, MyFootball Live app
1. Stefan Marinovic (GK), 2. Liam Mcging, 3. Luke Devere, 4. Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi, 5. Matti Steinmann, 7. Reno Piscopo, 8. Cameron Devlin, 9. David Ball, 10. Ulises Davila, 11. Jaushua Sotirio, 12. Brandon Wilson, 13. Liberato Cacace, 14. Alex Rufer, 16. Louis Fenton, 17. Callan Elliot, 21. Callum Mccowatt, 27. Steven Taylor (c), 30. Zac Jones (GK), 31. Ben Waine, 32. Sam Sutton
2-4 to be omitted
2. Alex Grant, 3. Jacob Tratt, 5. Ivan Franjic, 7. Joel Chianese, 8. James Meredith, 9. Bruno Fornaroli, 13. Osama Malik, 16. Tomislav Mrcela, 20. Jake Brimmer, 21. Tarek Elrich, 22. Vince Lia, 23. Dane Ingham, 25. Carlo Armiento, 27. Juande, 28. Gabriel Popovic, 29. Kristian Popovic, 33. Liam Reddy (GK), 50. Daniel Margush (GK), 88. Neil Kilkenny (c), 61. Yianni Perkatis
2-4 to be omitted