Both teams will have something to prove when they take to the field on Sunday afternoon.
Perth are probably still shell shocked after giving up a 3-nil lead to draw with Central Coast last week. As for Wellington, they were severely down on troops but gave Melbourne City a run for their money.
There is always a big emphasis on the ‘home crowd advantage’ when it comes to picking a winner, however, when considering this fixture that is best forgotten.
Remarkably, five of the last six results between the sides has been won by the AWAY team with Perth’s win back in November 2014 the only exception.
You can almost be certain that this game won’t finish in a nil-all draw.
Five of their most recent games have produced three goals and with each side boasting attacking flair, it could be a busy night for the respective goalkeepers.
Adam Taggart, who bagged a double last week, is a logical choice to get on the scoresheet for Perth along with teammate Andy Keogh while Kosta Barbarouses and Gui Finkler could be good bets for the Phoenix.
HOW IT PANS OUT
If last week’s games were anything to go by then this will be a game that goes from end to end.
Perth were sublime last week in the opening 45 minutes against Central Coast but fell to pieces in the second half. Wellington will be boosted with Barbarouses and Finkler, among others, making their season debuts.
Draw – both sides will be desperate for points but a lot will depend on how Wellington cope with the travel.
– if you fancy a bet in this market then a 1-1 or 2-2 is the way to go. Going on stats alone, a 2-1 result either way could be a good bet as five of the last six games between the teams has finished with that scoreline.