But on the flipside, the New Zealanders are going for the 25th match unbeaten at Westpac Stadium which makes the Roar’s trip a huge challenge.
Recent form suggests the Roar should have this covered but the Phoenix grow a leg in front of their home fans and will be fresh after having a week off last week.
New Zealand international Simon Elliott comes into the squad for Wellington and his experience will be vital against a Roar midfield which boasts the in-form Thomas Broich, captain Matt McKay and Erik Paartalu.
This is an extremely tough contest in which to pick a winner with Brisbane’s recent hatred of losing and Wellington’s reluctance to miss out on points at home making a draw the only viable option.
Verdict: 2-2 draw
Wellington Phoenix v Brisbane Roar
Datte: Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Local kick-off: 7.30pm (5.30pm AEDT)
Head-to-Head: All matches (played 10): Wellington Phoenix wins 1, Brisbane Roar wins 6 (3 draws)
Referee: Chris Beath
Live and exclusive broadcast on Fox Sports 2, FS2 HD & on Sky Sport 1 (NZ). Hyundai A-League club broadcast partner is The Radio Network (Wellington) 1035AM. To purchase tickets visit www.ticketek.co.nz
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), 23. Dylan MACALLISTER, 26. Simon ELLIOTT *two to be omitted*
In: Simon ELLIOTT (short-term injury replacement), Dylan MACALLISTER (promoted)
Unavailable: Tony LOCHHEAD (groin – 7 weeks), (Oscar ROBERT CORNEJO (knee – 6 weeks)
Brisbane Roar squad: 1. Michael THEOKLITOS (gk), 2. Matt SMITH, 3. Luke DEVERE, 5. Ivan FRANJIC, 6. Erik PAARTALU, 7. Kosta BARBAROUSES, 8. Massimo MURDOCCA, 9. Jean Carlos SOLORZANO, 11. REINALDO, 12. Matt MUNDY, 14. Rocky VISCONTE, 15. Matt McKAY (c), 17. Mitch NICHOLS, 20. Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 22. Thomas BROICH, 23. Milan SUSAK *one to be omitted*
In: Milan SUSAK (returns from hamstring injury)
Unavailable: Shane STEFANUTTO (Hamstring – 1 week), HENRIQUE (broken arm – indefinite)