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Western United FC
Western United FC
The A-League finals get underway as Western United take on Wellington Phoenix at AAMI Park, Melbourne with both sides desperate to book a place in the semi finals. Join The Roar for live scores from 7:45pm AEST.
The good news for Western United is that Leo Lacroix is back from suspension and Josh Risdon could even make a return having been injured since early March.
Unfortunately Nikolai Topor-Stanley is out injured and United will definitely miss his defensive skills against a Phoenix side who have won seven of the subsequent eight meetings against United.
United coach John Aloisi has acknowledged that it’s frustrating to have key players out but that he still backs his fit players to do the job.
“Yes we would love a full squad, but that’s part of the game, you have to deal with certain situations and obstacles, and we’ve dealt with it well all season, and we look forward to whoever is playing going out there and putting on a performance we want,” said Aloisi this week ahead of the match.
Phoenix have had a good season but too much inconsistency has cost them a better finishing spot with big wins being marred by big losses. This has seen them finish the regular season with the second worst goal difference in the whole league.
They did beat United 4-1 last time out though and that counts for sure. From a selection point of view, it’s a good news, bad news situation for the Kiwi side with Clayton Lewis picking up an injury while on international duty but Oskar van Hattum back available.
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick-off: 7:45pm (AEST)
Live stream: Channel 10, Paramount+
Betting: Western United $1.83, Wellington Phoenix $4.00 – odds via PlayUp
Western United Squad
Adisu BAYEW, Noah BOTIC, Rhys BOZINOVSKI, Ben COLLINS, Ajak DEU, Alessandro DIAMANTI, Luke DUZEL, Benjamin GARRUCIO, Tomoki IMAI, Neil KILKENNY, Rene KRHIN, Leo LACROIX, Steven LUSTICA, Ayom MAJOK, Dalibor MARKOVIC, Nicholas MILANOVIC, Connor PAIN, Sebastian PASQUALI, Dylan PIERIAS, Alexandar PRIJOVIC, Josh RISDON, Ryan SCOTT, Jerry SKOTADIS, Christian THEOHAROUS, Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, Ivan VUJICA, Lachlan WALES, Dylan WENZEL-HALLS, Jamie YOUNG
Wellington Phoenix Squad
David BALL, Matthew BOZINOVSKI, Callan ELLIOT, Louis FENTON, Oscar van HATTUM, Gary HOOPER, Joshua LAWS, Clayton LEWIS, Jackson MANUEL, James McGARRY, Kurtis MOGG, Ben OLD, George OTT, Alex PAULSEN, Tim PAYNE, Nicholas PENNINGTON, Reno PISCOPO, Alex RUFER, Oliver SAIL, Gael SANDOVAL, Jaushua SOTIRIO, Finn SURMAN, Sam SUTTON, Ben WAINE, Scott WOOTTON