December 8, 2012


Wellington Phoenix FC

1 - 2

Sydney FC


4:30 +00:00, December 9, 2012

Westpac Stadium, New Zealand

Phoenix wary of Farina factor

Team Stat Comparison

Wellington Phoenix FC Sydney FC
Matches Played 27 27
Table Position 10 7
Points 27 32
Goal Difference -18 -10
Goals for * 1.2 1.2
Goals against * 1.2 2.5
Last 5 L-W-L-W-L L-D-D-W-L
Last 5 home L-W-L-D-W D-W-W-W-W
Last 5 away W-L-L-L-L L-D-L-L-D
*  Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club
Stats: Wellington Phoenix FC | Sydney FC

Competition Stats

Wellington Phoenix FC Sydney FC
Goals Jeremy Brockie 14 Yairo Yau 6
Assists Paul Ifill 7 Blake Powell 3
Yellows Manny Muscat 8 Ali Abbas 9
Reds Ben Sigmund 1 Terry McFlynn 2
Squads: Wellington Phoenix FC | Sydney FC

Captain Andrew Durante is wary of the Farina factor as Wellington Phoenix approach their round 10 clash with A-League cellar-dwellers Sydney FC on Sunday.

The fifth-placed Phoenix have won their past five matches against the Sky Blues, who haven't won at Wellington since early 2008.

The teams last met in the season's opening round on October 6, with the Phoenix running out 2-0 surprise winners in Sydney star signing Alessandro del Piero's first match.

Sydney are missing del Piero this weekend, ruled out with a hamstring injury, but will be looking to impress new coach Frank Farina in his first official match.

The Phoenix have their own injury worries, with key defender Ben Sigmund (groin) and young striker Louis Fenton (ankle) in doubt.

Durante says Sunday's game could prove something of a banana-skin match for the Phoenix, especially as Sydney will be working hard to impress Farina.

"They've got a lot to prove - they're Sydney FC, they're at the bottom of the table and that doesn't sit well with them," Durante said.

"They're going to be difficult - all teams are when they get a new coach, it always seems to lift them. They've got a lot to prove in front of Farina so I'm expecting a tough one, probably a tougher game than the first one."

Durante says key defensive players such as Adam Griffiths and Pascal Bosschaart mean the Sky Blues will be hard to break, while former Socceroo Jason Culina could also pose problems.

Farina also has a clutch of talented young players to work with including 20-year-old Mitch Mallia, Joel Chianese, 22, and 23-year-old Panamanian striker Yairo Yau.