Wellington Phoenix and Adelaide United will lock horns on Sunday, October 9, at Sky Stadium in Wellington, the home ground of the Nix.
Wellington Phoenix vs Adelaide United
- When: Sunday, October 9 – 13:00 AEDT
- Where: Sky Stadium in Wellington, Australia
- Weather: Showers, 18°C
Yesterday’s F3 derby between Central Coast Mariners and Newcastle Jets had to be postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. Still, according to tomorrow’s weather forecast, the clash between Wellington Phoenix and Adelaide United should not have the same issues.
And while we can’t know whether the rainy weather will hold up, we can take a closer look at the round one clash between the two teams and provide you with our A-League betting picks.
Wellington Phoenix – Counting On Home Ground Advantage
The last time Wellington Phoenix clashed with Adelaide United at Sky Stadium, the two teams parted ways with a 1-1 draw, but the match was much more exciting than the final score would suggest. The Nix grabbed an early lead in 20’ and held on to the score until 90’+2 when Bernardo Oliveira came to the rescue and snatched a point for his side.
Before that, Adelaide won with a commanding showing at Coopers Stadium, winning 4-0, so based on the head-to-head record, you could argue that Adelaide should be favoured. However, this Sunday, for the first time in a very long time, Wellington Phoenix will open their season at home, which is definitely an advantage.
Wellington Phoenix ended last season in sixth place with a 12-3-11 record and 39 points, which isn’t great. However, they were the third-best home team with an 8-2-3 record and 26 points. Moreover, the Nix have added Bozhidar Kraev to the team for this season, who might not be a well-known name, but he is definitely someone who will play a key role in Phoenix’s chances of success this season.
Adelaide United – A Tough Trip To Kick Off The New Season
Adelaide United made it to the quarter-finals of the Australia Cup in August, which is a commendable achievement, perhaps just as impressive as the fact that they also reached top-for in A-League playoffs before losing to Melbourne City (1-2) in the semis.
Even their regular-season performance wasn’t terrible. The Reds ended the season in fourth place with a 12-7-7 record and 43 points – just six short of Melbourne City. Moreover, they concluded the year on a five-game winning streak and proved to be solid travellers (5-5-3), collecting nearly half of their points on the road.
However, we’re not as interested in how good Adelaide United have been as we are interested in how they can handle the improved Wellington Phoenix. And it definitely doesn’t help that Adelaide will have to take a trip to Nea Zealand to kick off a new campaign.
Wellington Phoenix vs Adelaide United Betting Odds
Wellington Phoenix enter this bout as 2.66 favourites, slightly ahead of Adelaide United at 2.73, while a draw is priced at 3.49.
Since the market opened in September, we have seen quite a steep drop in Adelaide United’s odds, initially priced at 3.07 at Pinnacle. Meanwhile, Wellington Phoenix’s odds have bumped up a bit over the last month, from 2.46 to 2.66.
Wellington Phoenix vs Adelaide United A-League Betting Picks
Adelaide United enters the new season with a fairly young team that has a high ceiling and is capable of causing some damage, but it’s hard to doubt Wellington Phoenix’s experienced lineup that became that much sturdier with the addition of Bozhidar Kraev, who is bound to get a few chances as long as he can find the needed synergy with Ben Waine and Kosta Barbarouses.
With a solid roster and playing at home, Wellington Phoenix, with +0.00 AH are a no-brainer A-League betting pick.
- Prediction: Wellington Phoenix +0.00, 1.97