Wellington Phoenix will be looking to bounce back from a bitter 2-0 defeat to Adelaide United when they host Sydney FC at Westpac Stadium. The defeat in Adelaide was the third straight away defeat for the Phoenix, but they boast a much better record at home and their last match here was a 5-2 win over the Newcastle Jets on December 23.
Like Wellington, Sydney is coming off a bad loss after going down 4-0 to Melbourne Heart at home in their last match. Just a point separates the teams on the table with the Sky Blues lying in fourth with 19 points after 13 matches, while Wellington have collected 18 having played a game more.
When the teams met here at the end of November, the home team emerged 2-1 victors thanks to goals from Paul Ifill and Tim Brown.
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