Match Preview: Western United vs Wellington Phoenix

Western United is set to take on Wellington Phoenix this Thursday night at UTAS Stadium in Launceston.

A win will see United jump into the top six for the first time since Matchweek 1 this season.

Match Details

Western United vs Wellington Phoenix

Thursday, 22 April

Kick-off: 7:05pm

UTAS Stadium, Launceston

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Broadcast: The match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports, Kayo and the MyFootball Live app.

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Form Guide

Western United: LWWLW

Wellington Phoenix: WLLWW

Western United defeated league leaders Central Coast Mariners 1-0 last weekend at UTAS Stadium.

An early Connor Pain goal was enough to knock off the Mariners, putting United right in the mix for the A-League Finals.

Wellington Phoenix has won back-to-back matches; their most recent victory coming against Perth Glory last Sunday.

Previous Meetings

The two sides met for the first time this season just a week and half ago in Wollongong.

A 90th minute Ben Waine goal sealed a 3-2 win for Wellington.

What Mark Rudan is saying

“We’ve got to be better at defending certain moments against Wellington,” Rudan said.

“The goals that we conceded, the penalty just before half-time, but more importantly the other two goals… we had more players than the opposition in the box for those two goals that we conceded.

“We spoke about that for the Central Coast game, and we’ve got to be better at man-marking and picking up individual players in the box and making sure we clear our lines properly, which we did against the Mariners.

“We certainly know we’re capable of beating anyone – we’ve done that by beating the top two teams, Melbourne City and Central Coast Mariners.

“We need to back the win up with another win and that’s been our total focus – to pick up three points.”

Stats of the Week

  • Western United has won their last three home games on the bounces in the A-League, despite having led at half-time only once in that term.
  • No team has scored more headed goals in the 2020/21 A-League season than Western United (8), while no team has conceded more headed goals than Wellington Phoenix (9).
  • Andrew Durante is set to play his 350th A-League game, becoming the first player to reach the mark; he will do so against his former team for whom he played 273 of his A-League games.