With a new year having begun, clubs across the competition will be hoping for good fortunes in 2019.
New faces give teams a different look
With the January transfer now open, clubs across the competition can now bolster their squads for the back half of the season.
Sydney FC have already bolstered their midfield following the acquisition of Anthony Caceres on loan – after his loan spell with Melbourne City was cut short.
Elsewhere, Mark Rudan has made a giant inclusion – quite literally – after the club confirmed the signing of 195cm striker Cillian Sheridan for the remainder of the season.
Melbourne Victory got busy themselves after they officially announced the arrivals of NPL excitement machine Elvis Kamsoba and former Melbourne City youngster Anthony Lesiotis. Kamsoba has been included in the extended squad for this weekend’s fixture against Western Sydney.
On the other side of the ledger, Kwame Yeboah could make his first appearance for the Wanderers after returning to Australia from Germany.
While across at the Central Coast Mariners Jonathan Asporpotamitis has been included in the squad for the first time as he looks to make his first appearance since sustaining a knee injury in February.
Time for the Phoenix to end Adelaide’s run?
Adelaide United have certainly had the wood over the Phoenix in recent years, remaining unbeaten in their last nine matches against the Kiwi club.
But when the two sides clash this time around it certainly feels as if the game has a different feel to it.
Wellington will enter the match off the back of a run of five unbeaten matches, with their last up start an impressive 1-all draw away to Melbourne Victory.
They continue to prove the pundits wrong this season and we shouldn’t be at all surprised if they were to snatch all three points from the Reds.
Although they have scored just five goals in their last nine matches against Adelaide.
What do we expect from the Wanderers this time around?
It was an ugly end to 2018 for Markus Babbel’s men as they succumb to a 2-0 defeat to Melbourne City on New Year’s Eve.
That match was marred by fan controversy as fan’s were ejected from the stadium from expressing their displeasure as players left the field at half-time before a walk out from the RBB in the second half.
Right now, things aren’t going well for the Wanderers both on and off the field and things don’t get any easier against the Victory.
If they want to win respect back, from their own supporters at the least, a performance full of grit and determination is required this weekend.