Get on Western Sydney Wanderers to be leading the Pheonix at half-time and full-time.
The Wanderers snatched a last gasp equaliser last weekend at Victory and remain in a strong position, rated 4.0 favourites to go on and lift the title. At the other end of the table, Phoenix look to be the worst team in the league at the moment having lost their last four games and indeed seven of nine winless matches. A trip to the Wanderers is probably close to the bottom of the list of fixtures they’d like to snap out of their rut.
After losing back-to-back games at City and at home to Sydney, the Wanderers have since bounced back to form by winning at Central Coast and at home to City, whilst picking up that point in a tricky trip to the Champions. Their home record this season is W6-D1-L2, with a defeat against Brisbane in their opening game of the campaign in addition to that loss against Sydney. Prior to the Sydney and City games, the Wanderers had been excellent defensively at home, conceding just twice in six games, but they’ve now conceded five in their last two. They’ve beaten bottom-four sides Perth and Newcastle without conceding, leading at half-time in both of these games, and they’ve also beaten Wellington 2-1 earlier in the season.
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Not only have Phoenix been losing recently, but they’ve suffered heavy defeats as five of their last six were by more than one goal and they’ve now conceded three goals in five of their last seven. Their away record is W1-D2-L7, with their only win coming in their opening road game of the season at Perth. They’ve now lost their last five away, trailing at half-time in the last four and conceding three goals in each of these, but scoring in four of these five defeats. Indeed they’ve lost but scored in all three of their trips to top-three sides so far this term, including that 2-1 defeat at the Parramatta Stadium earlier in the season.
The Wanderers are justifiably a short price in this one but the best way to get them on side looks to be backing them to be ahead at half-time and full-time. They’ve led at the break in their last two home wins and in two of their three at home to bottom-four sides this season, whilst Phoenix have been behind at the break in their last four on the road, trailing 2-0 after 45 minutes in their last three away trips.