Adelaide United v Wellington Phoenix preview

Undefeated league leaders Adelaide United play host to perennial bad travellers Wellington Phoenix in the opening Week 11 match in the A-League tomorrow night.

Undefeated league leaders Adelaide United play host to perennial bad travellers Wellington Phoenix in the opening Week 11 match in the A-League tomorrow night.

The Reds have been irresistible so far this season under Dutchman Rini Coolend and are every chance to continue their winning ways against a Phoenix side that has registered just one point in five matches away from Westpac Stadium.

Adelaide have made Hindmarsh Stadium a fortress again with three wins and a draw at home this term and they will make every post a winner here, especially with the return of young gun Mathew Leckie from international duty and the possible come back of Argentine playmaker Marcos Flores who is a chance to play after recovering well from a hamstring injury.

Wellington will have no changes of note as they try to put their away woes behind them but something tells me that the Reds will be too good and continue their good head-to-head record with the New Zealand outfit.

Verdict: Adelaide 3-1

Adelaide United v Wellington Phoenix
Date: Friday, 22 October 2010
Venue: Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Local kick-off: 7.30pm (8.00pm AEDT)
Head-to-Head: All matches (played 9): Adelaide United wins 4, Wellington Phoenix wins 1 (4 draws)
Referee: Alan Milliner

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 2, FS2 HD and Sky Sport 1 (NZ). Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partners are ABC Digital (Adelaide) and The Radio Network (Wellington) 1035AM. To purchase tickets visit www.ticketek.com.au

Adelaide United squad: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 2.Robert CORNTHWAITE, 4.Iain FYFE, 5.Daniel MULLEN, 6.CASSIO, 7.Lucas PANTELIS, 8.Adam HUGHES, 9.Sergio VAN DIJK, 10.Marcos FLORES, 12.Paul REID, 13.Travis DODD (c), 16. Inseob SHIN, 17.Iain RAMSAY, 18.Fabian BARBIERO, 19.Mathew LECKIE, 20.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk) * one to be omitted*
In: Marcos FLORES (returns from injury), Mathew LECKIE (returns from international duty), Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk) (returns from international duty), Inseob SHIN (promoted)
Out: Cameron WATSON (contract expired), Joe KEENAN (contract expired), Nick Munro (gk)
Unavailable: Nigel BOOGAARD (ankle – 4 weeks), Lloyd OWUSU (knee – indefinite)

Wellington Phoenix squad: 1. Mark PASTON (gk), 2. Manny MUSCAT, 4. Nick WARD, 6. Tim BROWN, 7. Leo BERTOS, 8. Paul IFILL, 9. Chris GREENACRE, 11. DANIEL, 13. Troy HEARFIELD, 14. Mirjan PAVLOVIC, 15. Jade NORTH, 17. Vince LIA, 18. Ben SIGMUND, 19. Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 22. Andrew DURANTE (c)
In: Nil
Out: Nil
Unavailable: Tony LOCHHEAD (groin – 6 weeks)

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