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Western United FC
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Wellington Phoenix and Western United will be meeting in a massive match-up as both sides look to push for a place in the top six. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary, with the game kicking off at 7:05pm (AEST).
It’s easy to forget that Wellington Phoenix are currently sitting in an awkward spot, third last on the table, nine points away from a place in the top six.
Wellington have played some fantastic, enthralling football this season. Ulises Davila has been in fine form again, while Reno Piscopo has come into his own on the left and Tomer Hemed has been a good addition.
They have unearthed some more gems, with James McGarry and Clayton Lewis both bringing unique qualities to Wellington’s side.
At their best, Wellington have played free-flowing, counter-attacking football. Just think back to their performance against Melbourne Victory. But at their worst, they have conceded silly goals and have looked a frustrated side.
In reality, Wellington have just been quite unlucky this season. Looking back on their recent results, they have played matches where they deserve a win or points, but just get edged out.
Meanwhile, Western United will be requiring a win to remain in touch with the top six.
They sit in seventh place but have played three fewer matches than Western Sydney Wanderers, who are four points ahead in the lowest finals position.
Wins in all three of their upcoming games would astonishingly take them to 29 points, just one point behind league leaders Central Coast Mariners, who are three games ahead of Western United.
Western United play Wellington Phoenix twice in their next three games, but despite the position they are in, Wellington will come out on top.
Davila is in form for Wellington Phoenix, and despite their loss to Melbourne City on Tuesday, their free-flowing football will return against a Western United side that has been in decent form recently.
I’m tipping a 2-1 win for Wellington Phoenix.
Kick-off time: 7:05pm (AEST)
Venue: WIN Stadium, Wollongong
TV: Fox Sports
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel Now, Foxtel Go, MyFootball Live app
Betting: Wellington $2.30, United $2.90, draw $3.40 (odds via PlayUp)
Stefan Marinovic, Liam McGing, Luke DeVere, Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi, James McGarry, Tim Payne, Reno Piscopo, Cameron Devlin, David Ball, Ulises Davila (c), Jaushua Sotirio, Matthew Ridenton, Charles Lokolingoy, Alex Rufer, Mirza Muratovic, Louis Fenton, Tomer Hemed, Ben Waine, Sam Sutton, Oliver Sail, Joshua Laws, Clayton Lewis
Filip Kurto, Aaron Calver, Brendan Hamill, Andrew Durante, Dylan Pierias, Tomoki Imai, Besart Berisha, Lachlan Wales, Kaine Sheppard, Steven Lustica, Connor Pain, Stefan Zinni, Ivan Vujica, Max Burgess, Josh Risdon, Victor Sanchez, Sebastian Pasquali, Tomislav Uskok, Alessandro Diamanti (c), Luke Duzel, Nicolas Milanovic, Jerry Skotadis, Ayom Majok, Ryan Scott, Iker Guarrrotxena