Sunday’s A-League 2017 Round 23 match is between Western Sydney Wanderers and Wellington Phoenix. The opening kick off is set to commence at 19:07 AEST time with the game to be played at Spotless Stadium. View our preview and teams for the game between Western Sydney Wanderers and Wellington Phoenix.
This is an exciting A-League fixture pitting the sixth and seventh-placed teams against each other in a direct battle for sixth spot.
The Wanderers have a mid-week ACL match in Korea against FC Seoul, so Wellington will want to take advantage of any tired legs.
The Wanderers totally dominated Adelaide last week but it was the same old story as they failed to convert their chances and ended up dropping two points in a 0-0 draw.
Phoenix found their scoring form last week with three goals but they also conceded three which has been a big problem this season.
They’ve let in 38 goals so far with 17 of those goals in the last six rounds.
KEY BATTLE: Brendon Santalab v Roy Krishna
Santa is the main man up-front and the Wanderers need him on the park if they want goals and points.
The problem is they have to manage his loads as his body can’t handle playing each week which means he sometimes starts and at other times he comes off the bench.
Krishna has 11 goals and is always a danger. He added another last week and will be a threat again in this fixture.
These two have played twice this season and both games were in NZ.
The Wanderers won their last meeting 3-1 while the other match ended in a 2-2 draw.
With so much riding on this match, both teams will be cautious and another draw is looking likely.
Western Sydney at $1.83
Draw at $3.80
Wellington at $4.35
Tip: Western Sydney Wanderers at $1.83
Value Bet: First Goalscorer: J Sotirio at $7.50
Correct Score: Western Sydney Wanderers 2-0 at $9.50
Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: 1.Jerrad TYSON (gk), 3.Jack CLISBY, 5.Brendan HAMILL, 6.Mitch NICHOLS, 7.Steven LUSTICA, 8.DIMAS (c), 10.Nicolás MARTÍNEZ, 11.Brendon SANTALAB, 12.Scott NEVILLE, 13.Bruno PIÑATARES, 14.Jumpei KUSUKAMI, 15.Kearyn BACCUS, 16.Jaushua SOTIRIO, 18.Robert CORNTHWAITE, 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (gk), 22.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 24.Terry ANTONIS, 29.Ryan GRIFFITHS.
Wellington Phoenix squad: 1.Glen MOSS (gk), 2.Jacob TRATT, 4.Roly BONEVACIA, 5.Ryan LOWRY, 6.Dylan FOX, 7.Gui FINKLER, 8.Alex RODRIGUEZ, 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 11.Hamish WATSON, 12.Adam PARKHOUSE, 13.Marco ROSSI, 17.Vince LIA, 19.Tom DOYLE, 20.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 21.Roy KRISHNA, 22.Andrew DURANTE (c), 23.Matthew RIDENTON, 99.Shane SMELTZ.
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France pip fuming Wales in chaotic finale
Wales coach Rob Howley was fuming over a controversial substitution and a biting allegation during his team’s last-gasp 20-18 defeat by France in the Six Nations on Saturday.
France scored a try 20 minutes after the end of normal time to seal victory after a bizarre end chaotic end to the game.
The clock showed 99 minutes and 55 seconds when replacement flanker Chouly dotted the ball down after nine penalty scrums on Saturday.
Camille Lopez slotted over the conversion as France saved their place in the second pot ahead of the 2019 World Cup draw.
Wales had victory in their sights when Leigh Halfpenny’s sixth penalty gave them a 18-13 lead but France won a five-metre penalty scrum with one minute left.
Howley said replacement prop Uini Atonio’s substitution by starter Rabah Slimani in stoppage time was unlawful and that there was evidence Welsh winger George North had been bitten.
“The integrity of the game has been brought into disrepute,” Howley told a news conference.
“What happened in the last moments of that game shouldn’t ever happen again. One of the coaches had a word with their doctor and within a minute of that their tighthead went off. The evidence suggests that it’s not in the integrity of our game.”
Slimani had earlier been replaced but he was allowed back on when Atonio went off for a head injury assessment.
Howley believes the substitution was planned, suggesting that Slimani should not have been allowed to come on again.
“Slimani warming up prior to him going back on. One of their coaches outside the technical area had a conversation with the doctor, and within a minute of it, the tighthead was taken off,” Howley said.
“There is a technical area and you are not allowed outside that. Ultimately, someone has come outside that and allowed the doctor to go on at a break in play, which is outside the laws of the game.”
Asked whether France had cheated, Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones said: “I would not use that word but I think there will have to be someone looking at it.”
France coach Guy Noves said his team had followed due process.
“They told me he was injured so I took my responsibilities,” he said.
North claimed that he was bitten during the closing stages of the match.
“It’s gone to the TMO (television match official). The evidence was inconclusive in terms of the images that were shown to the referees and ultimately they’ve made a decision on that and it’s absolutely fine,” Howley said.
“I am sure you can ask George if you can have a look at his arm. There is evidence to suggest that there is a bite.”
France started well, going ahead when Remi Lamerat collected a subtle chip over the top from Lopez and dived over the line.