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A-League: Wellington Phoenix Focus

Wellington Phoenix have made finals in the last two A-League seasons and that will be the aim to do so once again in the 2023/24 campaign.

However, this season they will have a new coach at the helm in the form of Giancarlo Italiano, who has taken over the reins from Ufuk Talay.

The Nix also have one of the best goalscorers in the league in Oskar Zawada, so there is a lot for the Phoenix faithful to be optimistic about heading into the new A-League campaign.

Let’s take a look at how the men from New Zealand are shaping up ahead of the big kick-off.

What2023/24 A-League season
WhereVenues across Australia and New Zealand
WhenFriday 20th October 2023 - May 2024
How to watchNetwork 10, Paramount+
OddsMelbourne City 3.80, Central Coast Mariners 6.00, Western Sydney Wanderers 7.00, Sydney FC 7.00, Adelaide United 9.00

A-League history

Phoenix made their debut in the A-League back in the 2007/08 campaign and are still waiting to win their first Premiership or Championship.

However, they have been no stranger to finals and have qualified in eight of the 16 seasons they have competed in.

Their best results have been making it to back-to-back semi-finals in 2010/11 and 2011/12.

The Nix have also been in finals in four of the last five seasons, but have failed to make it past the Elimination Final stage on each occasion.

Talay worked wonders during his time at the club and it was a blow when he decided to step aside at the end of last season.

Now it remains to be seen if one of Talay’s trusty assistants, Italiano, can carry on the good work.

They can be backed at 2.50 to make the top six and play finals again in the season ahead.

Zawada the main man

While Wellington Phoenix has star striker Oskar Zawada, they have hope for a strong season in the A-League.

In his debut season in 2022/23, the Polish strike ace bagged 15 goals in his 29 appearances, helping his side to sixth on the ladder.

The Nix will be hoping more of his team-mates can chip in with goals this season, but a similar return from Zawada would do very nicely.

The 27-year-old can be backed at 7.00 to finish as Top Scorer in the A-League.

Wellington Phoenix's transfer activity

Wellington Phoenix have been relatively quite in the transfer market during the off-season, compared to some of their rivals.

The only two additions of note are Mohamed Al-Taay, a defensive midfielder, who has signed from A-League rivals Newcastle Jets.

Goalkeeper Jack Duncan has also arrived from the Jets, to replace Oli Sail, who has moved on to Perth Glory.

As well as Sail, Clayton Lewis, Steven Ugarkovic and Josh Laws are regulars from last season who have also moved on.

Lewis and Ugarkovic remain in the A-League with Macarthur FC and Melbourne City respectively.

Wellington Phoenix's opening fixtures

Wellington Phoenix begin the campaign with a tough away game against Western Sydney Wanderers.

The Nix can be backed at 4.33 to pull off a surprise, while the home side are 1.72 and the draw is available at 4.00.

Wellington then have two big home games against Perth Glory and Brisbane Roar. Two wins against teams who are expected to struggle are an absolute must.

To wrap up November they travel to take on Melbourne Victory then entertain Melbourne City.

It is a tough start for the Nix and the two home games against Glory and Roar are must-wins.

The Nix can be backed at 15.00 to win the A-League grand final this season.

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