Phoenix Return For Grudge Match

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Wellington will look to make amends for its controversial loss earlier this season in Adelaide. Image courtesy of Images
Hindmarsh Stadium has proved to be a graveyard for visiting teams this season. Only Perth Glory has come away from Adelaide with anything to show for their efforts following a 1-1 draw with the Reds . Next cab off the rank is the Wellington Phoenix , who appeared to be on a mini-revival with two wins and a draw from clashes with Newcastle, Perth and Western Sydney. That was before Frank Farina’s revitalised Sydney FC went across the ditch and took the three points back to the Harbour City last weekend.

Unlike some other A-League clubs, the Reds didn’t have their stocks depleted by the East Asian Cup, as shot-stopper Eugene Galekovic was the club’s only Socceroo representative, although the situation could have been worse with Dario Vidosic and Osama Malik missing out on the final cut due to injury and non-selection, respectively. Adelaide should have all hands on deck this weekend as it looks to build on its imposing home record.

The teams have already met at Hindmarsh this season, with Adelaide running out 3-1 victors. The match was laced with controversy, though. Phoenix took a 1-0 lead in to the break , but had Ben Sigmund sent off midway through the second stanza when it appeared Adelaide’s Argentine whiz Jeronimo took a dive just outside the box. Wellington also had what appeared to be a legitimate goal called back for offside, while Cassio looked to be in front of the last defender before slotting the goal which put the Reds ahead for good.

Prior to that defeat at the end of October, Wellington had won on two of its last three visits to the City of Churches.

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