After a bye week for the Phoenix in the last weekend of football in the A-League, the Australian football top tier, the club from Wellington restarts their campaign in the league facing Brisbane Roar at WestPac Stadium. Phoenix is still to win in the season and grabbed their first point in the run in their previous game two weeks ago away from home against Melbourne Victory in a 1-1 draw.
The club from Brisbane that is coached by English legend Robbie Fowler already won one match in the season and draw other two while Phoenix stands at the bottom of the table with just one point collected. The main threat for Phoenix in the match is the Irish striker Roy O’Donovan that already scored four goals in the season so far. The midfielders Aiden O’Neil and Stefan Mauk are key players as well for Roar in the present campaign.
Roar also has one New Zealand international in their squad, the goalkeeper Max Crocombe is a new signing for the season for the team coached by Fowler. The player is already capped for the All Whites in two occasions and has plenty experience in English football after playing teams as Salford City and Oxford United.
The squad of Phoenix for this game counts with Gary Hooper that is returning from injury. Despite the good news, is not expected the English striker to play the entire game. Hooper scored his first goal of the season in the previous match against Victory – and he is surely the biggest hope of Phoenix fans for the season.
The full back Louis Fenton is the only unavailavle for the match since he injured his shoulder and was also forced to lose two international games with the New Zealand National Football Team.
Even without Hooper, Phoenix managed to score a decent amount of goals especially through the Mexican midfielder Ulises Davila that already has three in the campaign. The real problem of Phoenix in the season for now is the defensive system, the club suffered goals in all the five matches in the season – total of nine goals conceded in five matches.
The match will be played at 7pm NZT at WestPac stadium and will be telecasted by SkySport and livestream by MyFootball.