Preview: Wanderers v Wellington

It's been over 130 days since the Wanderers last kicked a ball at Bankwest Stadium with the Red & Black finally returning this Friday night to take on Wellington Phoenix.

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It's been a shaky start to the Red & Black's restart campaign after they earned a late draw against wooden-spooners Central Coast Mariners in wet conditions on Monday night. 

Striker Simon Cox was the hero, coming off the bench to snatch the equaliser to secure what could be a priceless point for Jean-Paul de Marigny's men and their Finals push.

Wellington Phoenix faced a similar fate in their most recent match against Adelaide United with the score locked in at 1-1. 

Former Wanderer Jaushua Sotirio levelled five minutes after Kristian Opseth had put Adelaide ahead on the hour mark with the draw lifting Phoenix ahead of Melbourne City into second place. 

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The last time the two sides met was back in January in Round 14 with Wellington getting the better of the Wanderers. 

Goals from Davila and Cacace secured all three points for Wellington who extended their unbeaten run at that time of the competition.

Lashings of early attacking pressure from the Phoenix nearly delivered results for the Phoenix as Ulises Davila was denied by the woodwork in the 11th minute.

However, Davila didn’t have to wait long to make his early impact tell on the scoreboard for the hosts - converting the opener in the 15th minute.

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The Red & Black fashioned the bulk of the possession in the second half but were frustrated by the Phoenix defence and resorted to strikes from distance to find a breakthrough.

Nicolai Müller came closest for the Wanderers in a purple patch shortly after the hour mark, but his shot through traffic flashed wide of the target.

With the Wanderers proving increasingly frustrated, the patient Phoenix capitalised late on to secure the points.

Western Sydney Wanderers v Wellington Phoenix

When: Friday 31 July 2020
Where: Bankwest Stadium
Kick-off: 7.30pm (AEST)