6 pointer vs Nix make or break for Wanderers

6 pointer vs Nix make or break for Wanderers

 

Following a positive but shaky victory over the Mariners last week the Wanderers will look to make it 2 wins on the trot on Sunday against the Pheonix. The game at ANZ is the first home game in 3 weeks for the men in red and black and will be hoping to cement their ladder position for finals football. A win would see the Wanderers place themselves 1 point behind Melbourne Victory in 5th and 3 points behind Adelaide United in 4th. Wellington is coming off the back of a poor loss against Sydney FC, losing 4-0 and looking shambolic at times, but will want to bounce back and avoid the dreaded wooden spoon.

Key Stat

Funnily enough, despite Oriol Riera’s excellent season at the Wanderers, he is yet to score a second-half goal after scoring 7 league goals from 18 games.

Key player

Brendan Santalab

Santa has scored 8 goals in 5 games against the Pheonix and will be looking to continue his good form come Sunday. Whether he starts or comes off the bench expect the legend to continue writing himself into Wanderer’s fans folklore.

Key Matchup

Chris Ikonomidis vs Scott Galloway

Ikonomidis played the second half well in his first 45 minutes for the club, whilst on loan from Lazio. Pace, power and commitment were key traits the youngster displayed in his stint and will look to improve further with a start against the Nix. Galloway has had a topsy-turvy season over in NZ, probably reflective of the team’s season overall. His time at Central Coast and Melbourne Victory showed signs of promise but could never really cement his place at LB, despite his season though, the quality is still there and Chris will have his hands full out wide.

Prediction

Wanderers 2- Wellington 0

With Santa’s scoring record and the confidence in the side on a high, expect the sides return to be a win with ease. However, the side has always struggled to score more than 2 goals this season so don’t expect too much of a scoring fest in this one.

Western Sydney Wanderers vs Wellington Pheonix

Kick off 7 pm @ANZ Stadium