ANDREW VORCE - Friday, October 5, 2012
Alex Smith will hope to re-start his A-League campaign with a win as Wellington Pheonix host Sydney FC at Westpac Stadium.
The New Zealand club will host their Australian rivals in their 34,500 seater stadium in what is sure to be a sell out.
All eyes however, will be focused on one Alessandro Del Piero, marquee signing for Sydney in the off-season. Unfortunately for Smith and company, the Italian legend will be looking to turn the magic on at their expense.
Pheonix defenders Ben Sigmund and Manny Muscat will be ready for the ambush though, and New Zealand international forward Jeremy Brockie will make sure the home faithful have something to cheer about on The Nix side of things.
Head coach Rickie Herbert will also be looking for new signing Stein Huysegems to produce some magic of his own.
Sydney FC come into the game with a list of injuries, headed by Pascal Bosschaart who will miss out due to his Achilles problem.
Joel Chianese seems to have overcome his thigh injury, while Brett Emerton and Adam Griffiths also seem to be ready to go for the early October game.
The game is sure to be an entertaining event, especially with the Sky Blues' off-season acquisition of star player Del Piero, perhaps the biggest star to play as of yet in the relatively young A-League.
The last time these teams faced off was March 30th, with Wellington Pheonix edging their rivals out with a win of 3-2. That win puts them even on wins in their all time head to head games, with eight wins a piece, with one draw in the mix.