Round 11 - Wellington vs Sydney FC - 21/12/19

This should be an interesting game. I seem to remember that they had our measure last time and we were lucky to win but we are looking so much better lately. A much improved performance is needed.

Any news on the injuries?

I’m flying over for the game, my first welly trip :slight_smile:

I think this is going to be a tough game, a bit of a clash of styles.

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Cagey game we lose by 2.

Wellington have looked good the last 4 weeks but in that time they’ve played Brisbane, WSW & Melbourne, probably the 3 worst sides this season.
That they ran us so close earlier in the season should see the boys not take them so lightly this time. 2-0 win.

I assume Milos will stay home and rest up that calf before we all celebrate his birthday. Therefore:


They are really clicking. Could be a hard game. Uffy has bought some good players (Ball and Ulysses look decent).



I’d be pretty happy with a point going into it. Nix have been pretty good all season and got some classic Uffie shithousery going on.

As someone who hasnt seen much of the Nux has has Matti Steinmann and Reno Piscopo been doing?

Steinmann is a midfield enforcer who has done well controlling the midfield for them alongside the less experienced Rufer & Devlin. He doesn’t mind giving away a foul if he is getting done by his man though so he could be targeted early to get him on a yellow.
Piscopo is like a left sided Sotirio. Does some good stuff, has good ball control and has a bit of speed to him but there’s not much of an end product there. He shouldn’t be causing Rhyno many issues however I think he may start on the bench with Gary Hooper coming into the starting line-up.

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These look like incognito names. The first as used by Matt Simon.


Piscopo is not great. He is has some technical ability but it never goes anywhere. No idea why they paid for him.

Ball, Ulysses and Hooper could hurt us and Sotiro is fast but headless. They have weapons but we should be fine if we pick up from last week.

I have done a double take more than once, expecting to see albino elbows on screen, when Welly are at home and the Kiwi commentators have called him with that accent.

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Steinmann came with a good resume but haven’t heard him mentioned when there’s talk about the Nux (it’s all Davila) and Piscopo was obviously very hyped as a junior

Really we should be going into every game as favourites this season. The other teams need to lift their standard

Steinmann isn’t a player that will attract the attention. He does the dirty work so Davila can work his magic. He plays a very similar role to Juande at Perth.
Piscopo, regardless of the hype, is just like every other young winger in the A-League. He’s just missing that end product. He may well find it through regular playing time but at the moment I wouldn’t consider him a major danger in their side.

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Same here. It’s like they’re saying Matt Simon with a bit of a lisp.

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Saturday, 21 December 2019
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
4:45pm (Local) (2:45pm (AEDT))

Referee: Chris Beath
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Shchetinin
Assistant Referee 2: Ashley Beecham
Fourth Official: Ben Abraham
VAR: Nick Waldron

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PREVIEW: Wellington Phoenix v Sydney FC

Wellington Phoenix v Sydney FC

Wellington Phoenix squad: 1.Stefan MARINOVIC (gk), 2.Liam McGING, 3.Luke DEVERE, 4.Te Atawhai HUDSON-WIHONGI, 5.Matti STEINMANN, 6.Tim PAYNE, 7.Reno PISCOPO, 8.Cameron DEVLIN, 9.David BALL, 10.Ulises DAVILA, 11.Jaushua SOTIRIO, 13.Liberato CACACE, 14.Alex RUFER, 20.Oliver SAIL (gk), 21.Callum MCCOWATT, 23.Walter SCOTT, 27.Steven TAYLOR ©, 31.Ben WAINE, 32.Sam SUTTON, 88. Gary HOOPER 2-4 to be omitted

Ins: 14.Alex RUFER (return from injury), 23.Walter SCOTT (promoted), 32.Sam SUTTON (promoted)
Outs: None.
Unavailable: 16.Louis FENTON (shoulder - season)

Sydney FC squad: 1.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 2.Patrick FLOTTMANN, 4.Alex WILKINSON ©, 5.Alex BAUMJOHANN, 6.Ryan McGOWAN, 8.Paulo RETRE, 9.Adam LE FONDRE, 10.Milos NINKOVIC, 11.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 12.Trent BUHAGIAR, 16.Joel KING, 17.Anthony CACERES, 18.Luke IVANOVIC, 20.Tom HEWARD-BELLE (gk), 21.Harry VAN DER SAAG, 23.Rhyan GRANT, 24.Marco TILIO, 25. Ryan TEAGUE, 26.Luke BRATTAN, 27. Jordi SWIBEL. 2-4 to be omitted

In: 25. Ryan TEAGUE (promoted), 27. Jordi SWIBEL (promoted)
Out: Nil
Unavailable: 3.Ben WARLAND (ACL), 7. Michael ZULLO (calf), 13. Brandon O’NEILL (knee), 19. Chris ZUVELA (knee)

3rd week out for Branners, and he was still wearing that knee brace in the xmas party photos earlier this week. Fortunately Retre is a perfectly solid replacement, if not quite as dynamic.

Shame that Zullo and O’Neill are still out. Hopefully they are back for the game against City. We don’t look nearly as good without them.