It’s the first game for 2018 and the Wellington Phoenix come up against Melbourne City FC, away, for Round 14 of the Hyundai A-League.
The last encounter between the two teams, back in Round 3, saw the Wellington Phoenix unlucky to leave AAMI Park pointless after a 1-0 loss. This time round, coach Darije Kalezić will be looking for a response from his side, to continue the momentum following last weekend’s clean sheet.
The January transfer window has opened and for the hosts, this means the addition of both Dario Vidosic and Harrison Delbridge into the squad, available for selection. Manny Muscat also returns following his two-match suspension.
For our Wellington Phoenix side, we see Dylan Fox return to the squad following a hamstring injury and much to the excitement of fans, Nathan Burns will be eligible for selection for this weekend’s game too.
Wellington Phoenix squad: 1.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 2.Daniel MULLEN, 3.Scott GALLOWAY, 4.Goran PARACKI, 6. Dylan FOX, 7. Nathan BURNS, 9.Andrija KALUDJEROVIC, 10.Michael MCGLINCHEY, 12.Adam PARKHOUSE, 13.Marco ROSSI, 14.Alex RUFER, 18.Sarpreet SINGH, 19.Tom DOYLE, 21. Roy KRISHNA 22.Andrew DURANTE 23.Matthew RIDENTON, 24.Logan ROGERSON, 30.Keegan SMITH (gk)
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 6. Dylan FOX (returns from hamstring injury) 7. Nathan BURNS
Outs: 5.Ryan LOWRY, 11.Hamish WATSON, 17. Ali ABBAS
Melbourne City FC squad: 1.Dean BOUZANIS (Gk), 2.Manny MUSCAT, 3. Scott JAMIESON, 4.Harrison DELBRIDGE, 5. Bart SCHENKEVELD, 6.Osama MALIK, 7. Nick FITZGERALD, 8. Neil KILKENNY, 9.Marcelo CARRUSCA, 10.Dario VIDOSIC, 14.Daniel ARZANI, 18. Eugene GALEKOVIC (Gk), 22. Michael JAKOBSEN, 25. Iacopo LA ROCCA, 26. Luke BRATTAN, 27. Marcin BUDZINSKI, 37.Nathaniel ATKINSON, 44. Ross MCCORMARK
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 2.Manny MUSCAT (returns from suspension), 4.Harrison DELBRIDGE (new signing), 8.Neil KILKENNY (promoted), 9.Marcelo CARRUSCA (promoted), 10.Dario VIDOSIC (new signing)
Outs: 11.Bruce KAMAU (international duty), 13. Stefan MAUK (international duty), 21.Ruon TONGYIK (international duty)
Unavailable: 23.Bruno FORNAROLI (ankle)
Round 14 Hyundai A-League, Melbourne City vs. Wellington Phoenix, AAMI Park, Melbourne. Saturday 6th January, kick-off 9:50pm (NZT)
Coverage on Sky Sport 3 from 9.45pm (NZT)