It's definitely panic stations for Adelaide United.
The reigning champions are winless through the first eight rounds and have just three points to show for their efforts so far this season.
It was at precisely this point during the 2015/16 term that they started their remarkable winning run which took them all the way to the Premiers Plate and Grand Final success.
And judging by the way they played against Sydney FC last week they may have turned the corner as they welcome Wellington to Coopers Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Phoenix are coming off a 2-1 loss to Melbourne City but prior to that registered consecutive wins to show their worth.
Adelaide will be confident of getting all three points here as they've had a very good record over the Phoenix recently. They pummeled them 4-0 and 3-0 last year which ended a three-game skid for the Phoenix being successful over the Reds.
LOST THAT SCORING TOUCH
Adelaide had one of the best attacks of the competition last season but that certainly isn't the case this time around.
After losing Bruce Djite, Bruce Kamau and others in the offseason their attack hasn't really fired this time around. Their seven goals puts them second last in the league behind Wellington (six).
Prized recruit Sergi Guardiola, however, has been a shining light in front of goal for the team by securing three of the team's seven goals.
HOW IT PANS OUT
Adelaide certainly played some of their best football last week in earning a point against the league leaders. Heading back home should give them a lift in spirits but Coopers hasn’t been the fortress it was last season. After losing just two games there in the previous campaign, the Reds have already dropped three of their last four on home soil.
Wellington’s hopes will rely on them getting to the box to create clear cut chances, not half-chances which is what their strikers have been served up for most of the season.
At some point the likes of Kosta Barbarouses and Gui Finkler have to get to the sort of level they were playing at when with Melbourne Victory. Could this be the game they finally click with their teammates?
One thing’s for sure though – if Phoenix striker Roy Krishna gets a sniff of the goal he may well bury it. He is currently riding a four-game scoring streak.
Draw – no one has a clear ascendancy here
TO SCORE A GOAL:
Roy Krishna – as well as registering five of the Phoenix’s six goals so far this season, he was on the scoresheet the last time Wellington beat Adelaide