Sunday’s A-League 2016 Round 13 match is between Wellington Phoenix and Adelaide United. The opening kick off is set to commence at 17:42 local time with the game to be played at Westpac Stadium. The home team Wellington Phoenix is the short priced favourite for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Wellington Phoenix and Adelaide United.
With this being the New Year’s Day game there won’t be any celebrating until after the match for these two sides.
Having played a few New Year’s day games myself, it’s a little distracting when there’s so much celebrating going on around you but a win for either side will fill the void.
Wellington’s transformation in recent games, since their coaching change, has been impressive.
They’re scoring goals and looking dangerous but still conceding too many, a problem quite a few teams have at the moment.
Defending champs Adelaide have hit rock bottom, in what is certainly one of the biggest falls from grace in the A-League.
With loss after loss, the players now look deflated and the situation is only getting worse. It’s now looking increasingly unlikely the coaching staff will be able to rectify things this season.
But if they can somehow manage an unlikely win in Wellington, then that may give the Reds a desperately needed boost.
KEY BATTLE: Kosta Barbarouses v Sergio Cirio
With a goal last week, Kosta could be the man to do the damage again. Blessed with pace and an eye for goal, I think he’ll be on the scoresheet again this week.
Cirio was injured early in the season and now the reds need him back to his best.
During a bad run, it takes key men stepping up and doing something special and Cirio has the ability to change the current situation.
Adelaide United: $3.05
Tip: Draw at $3.50
Value Bet: First Goal Scorer – K Barbarouses at $9.50
Correct Score: Draw 1-1 at $6.50
Wellington Phoenix Squad: 1.Glen MOSS (gk), 2.Jacob TRATT, 4.Roly BONEVACIA, 5.Ryan LOWRY, 7.Gui FINKLER, 8.Alex RODRIGUEZ, 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 10.Michael McGLINCHEY, 11.Hamish WATSON, 12.Adam PARKHOUSE, 13.Marco ROSSI, 16.Louis FENTON, 17.Vince LIA, 19.Tom DOYLE, 20.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 21 Roy KRISHNA, 22.Andrew DURANTE (c), 23.Matthew RIDENTON
Adelaide United Squad: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk) (c), 2.Michael MARRONE, 4.Dylan McGOWAN, 5.Taylor REGAN, 7.HENRIQUE, 8.ISAÍAS, 9.Sergi GUARDIOLA, 10.Marcelo CARRUSCA, 11.Sergio CIRIO, 15.Ben WARLAND, 16.Jesse MAKAROUNAS, 17.Nikola MILEUSNIC, 19.Ben GARUCCIO, 20.John HALL (gk), 21.Tarek ELRICH, 22.Ryan KITTO, 24.Jordan O’DOHERTY, 25.James HOLLAND
Other Sports News:
No place like home for relaxed Kyrgios
Tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios will spend more time at home with loved ones in 2017 in a bid to avoid any further meltdowns like the Shanghai Masters tanking debacle.
Kyrgios was banned from the ATP tour in October and ordered to undergo counselling after tanking several points during a listless capitulation to German Mischa Zverev.
The world No.13 says the counselling has helped, and he’ll enter the Australian tennis summer refreshed after making the decision to ease back on his workload.
Kyrgios made his return from suspension at the International Premier Tennis League in December, before spending a week in the Bahamas with his girlfriend Ajla Tomljanovic.
Even his training schedule has been more relaxed, giving Kyrgios the chance to recharge mentally ahead of his Australian Open tilt.
Tennis great Roger Federer predicts Kyrgios will crack into the top 10 in 2017 if he is able to stay injury free and largely out of trouble.
But Kyrgios said rankings weren’t at the forefront of his thinking, revealing he’ll spend more time at home in 2017.
“I’ve never set a ranking goal,” Kyrgios said.
“I just want to stay healthy and be able to play the events I choose and play them well.
“I don’t want to have too much of a hectic schedule. I don’t want to be that guy travelling to every tournament every week.
“I want to spend as much time as I can with my family and my loved ones.”
Kyrgios won three ATP tournaments in 2016, and he’s confident he can cause some damage at the grand slams in the coming year.
The 21-year-old is still seeing a counsellor, and hopes it will help him enjoy the life of a professional tennis player.
“Obviously I’m not going to tell you what we talk about. But it’s helped me for sure,” Kyrgios said.
“I’m just trying to learn a bit more about myself, and figure out ways to enjoy the sport a bit more. And just enjoy the grind of it.
“It’s not easy being away from home so much, and going to different places and playing week in, week out.
“So finding strategies to make that easier, and enjoy my time on tour a bit more.”
Kyrgios will kick off his summer by teaming with Daria Gavrilova to defend their Hopman Cup crown at Perth Arena.
“Hopefully we can win it. Going back to back would be great,” Kyrgios said.
“On paper, I guess we are the favourites. But I’m wary that all the men here can play a very good level of tennis.”