With Adelaide United’s clash against Wellington Phoenix fast approaching, we take a closer look at three dangermen the Reds should look out for when the two sides meet on Saturday at Coopers Stadium.
Missing in the meeting of the two sides in Round 6 earlier this season due to international duty with New Zealand, Michael McGlinchey will certainly add increased vitality to Phoenix’s side. A constant threat when his side faced Sydney FC in Round 11, McGlinchey’s ability to spread play and create is a massive asset to Ernie Merrick’s squad. His quality in being able to link up with those in front of him and also from dead-ball situations makes McGlinchey a certain menace to the Reds defence and he will have to be watched closely to prevent his impact on Wellington’s play.
Passing Accuracy: 72.7%
Long Passes: 21.2%
Shot Assists: 4
Total Crosses: 5
Scoring two goals against the Reds in Round 6, one of which a goal of the season contender from more than 30 yards out, Roly Bonevacia was outstanding in our last meeting. His incredible power and tight control of the football drives the Phoenix forward frequently and is a key attacking outlet for the New Zealand outfit, contributing two assists and creating 12 chances so far this season. Not overly dominant against Sydney FC last week, Bonevacia will take confidence in his strong display against United previously and will be looking to lead his side towards another three points against the Reds, especially on enemy soil.
Passing Accuracy: 80.8%
Total Shots: 1
Duels Won: 57.1%
Roy Krishna’s late penalty saved the Phoenix in Round 11 and improved his goal tally for the season, making it six goals in the Hyundai A-League. Also managing three assists and fashioning 13 chances for his teammates, Krishna’s been a standout for Wellington this season. He managed one goal against the Reds earlier this campaign and also provided three shot assists, carving open United’s defence a number of times. Considering this, he will definitely be someone to keep an eye on as the Phoenix look to get back to winning ways after being without a victory in their last two games.
Total Shots: 3
Passing Accuracy: 68.6%
Duels Won: 66.7%
Adelaide United will face Wellington Phoenix in Round 12 of the Hyundai A-League 2015/16 season on Saturday, 26 December 2015 at Coopers Stadium. Kick-off is at 4.45pm ACDT.