In the A-League, Adelaide United will host Wellington Phoenix on Friday at the Hindmarsh Stadium. In recent games, the hosts’ form has improved, as evidenced by their back-to-back victories of 4-2. They defeated the Newcastle Jets on the road in their previous outing, scoring two goals in a row from Craig Goodwin.
They are just six points behind league leaders Melbourne City in the league table and have found form just in time with six games left in the regular season. Oskar Zawada’s first-half goal helped Wellington Phoenix beat Sydney FC 1-0 at home, making it two victories in a row.
The hosts have won all nine of their league games since beginning their late title challenge. They have also scored 22 goals during this stretch of games. This year, they have not lost at home and are strong favorites.
Wellington will be looking to extend their unbeaten streak to five games, as they have won three of their last four league games. They haven’t scored in their last two visits to the Hindmarsh Stadium, which is interesting. Given that Adelaide has the advantage of playing at home, we anticipate that they will prevail comfortably.
Prediction: Adelaide United 3-1 Wellington Phoenix
Since 2009, the two teams have met 43 times, with 42 of those encounters taking place in the A-League. In these encounters, the hosts hold a lead of 18-11, and 13 games have ended in draws. The visitors have won three of their eight games since 2019 in their most recent meeting. In that time, the hosts have only won one game, and four of those games have ended in draws.
In the reverse matchup in December, the visitors prevailed 3-1. With just one loss since 2015, Adelaide has dominated at home against the New Zealand-based visitors. In 2023, Adelaide United won four of its last six games and only lost once in the league.
In the league, Wellington has lost three times this year, but in their last seven games, they have won three times. In three of their last four league games, the hosts have scored four goals each. Additionally, in five of their last seven league games, they have scored at least three goals.
Harry Van der Saag, George Blackwood, Josh Cavallo, Juande, and Steven Hall of Adelaide United are all still sidelined with long-term issues, which makes their recent performances even more impressive. After scoring his first goal for the club last weekend, Luka Jovanovic will be vying for more playing time this time around; however, that may come from the bench.
Zawada will remain in the starting lineup because he is the visitors’ primary attacking threat heading into this match. Clayton Lewis is out with a knee injury for the visitors, and Sam Sutton is also out with a hamstring injury right now.
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