Wellington Phoenix did not kick of their new A-League campaign as they were hoping for, as they lost 1-0 to Melbourne City at Westpac Stadium on Saturday.
However, that should not dampen the spirits of what they are aiming to achieve this season.
Here is my preview of the Wellington Phoenix.
Wellington Phoenix has one goal this season and that is to play finals football after finishing a sour ninth in the 2015-16 season.
One thing that the Phoenix need to do this season(well in round two) is to make Westpac Stadium(or the Cake Tin as its called by the locals) a fortress to be reckoned with. If they want to move up the ladder they need to make their home ground a fortress before they can win games away from home.
The Phoenix also need to work on there defence. In the off season,they had a major blow to their finals chances by losing Manny Muscat to Melbourne City and former stalwart Ben Sigmund who decided to hang up his A-League boots at the end of last season. Without Muscat and Sigmund their defence is looking fragile.
However, an area that could spark them to finals contention is there attacking threat. They have signed Gui Finkler and Kosta Barbarouses both from Melbourne Victory, which could cause some much needed flair to the Phoenix. Finkler has proved he is a magician with free kicks during his time at Victory and will fit perfectly not only into the Phoenix line up, but the conditions in Wellington will do Finkler wonders. Barbarouses is a major coup up front, and if he partners up well with Roy Krishna they could well prove vital in front of goal.
For the Phoenix, season 2016-17 is all about improvement and if they don’t have too many injuries in the season there is no reason why they cannot move up the ladder. They have the attacking threat to cause some serious concerns for their rivals. However there defence will still be a talking point that needs addressing.
Prediction: 7th (although I wouldn’t be surprised if they finished higher).