Wellington will have to be on their guard when they host Western Sydney Wanderers at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday night.
There is no doubt in the world that the Red and Blacks will be smarting after dominating large parts of the game last week against Melbourne Victory, only to come up empty handed.
For their part the Kiwis found some winning form by banging three past Central Coast in the wake of coach Ernie Merrick resigning from his post.
We called it last week and you could have almost put your house on it after Wellington secured a 3-0 win over Central Coast. Just days after Merrick left the club the Phoenix registered their third win of the season. They should be confident going into this too having won two of their last three home games when Chris Greenacre has been at the helm (including a stint back in 2013).
WONDERING WHAT WENT WRONG
Tony Popovic would have watched last week's 3-0 loss to Melbourne Victory and wondered how it all went wrong. Western Sydney created far more chances than Melbourne but couldn't get it done when they approached the box.
That has been a constant problem for the Wanderers and it looked as though they had remedied the situation after beating Central Coast 4-1, however, there is still some major striker issues to sort out.
Western Sydney has won three of the last four matchups and in each of the last four they have managed to score two goals exactly.
The only break in sequence was when the Phoenix put five past them in February this year. Prior to this run by WSW it was Wellington which had taken back-to-back 1-0 verdicts with both matches being at home.
HOW IT PANS OUT
You can expect to see the Wanderers giving Wellington's defenders a torrid time through Nico Martinez and co. The Argentinian has been one of the Wanderers' best players along with Jumpei Kusukami and they are the key.
Wellington has won three of their last five games but those three wins have come against Central Coast (two) and Newcastle. With all due respect to those teams they aren't at the level of the Wanderers so they have to keep on improving if they are to stifle the Wanderers attack.
Scoring has been an issue for the Phoenix for much of the season, averaging 0.90 goals per game.
If they can get enough ball to Roy Krishna then he is almost guaranteed to give the Wanderers defence trouble. He has scored in five of the last six games for Wellington while the Wanderers have the equal second-worst defence in the comp (19 goals in 10 games) behind Central Coast.
THE VERDICT: WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS - they played too well last week to deserve a 3-0 drubbing
TOTAL GOALS OVER/UNDER 2.5: OVERS – we think Wellington will score at least one while the Wanderers have scored two goals in each of their last four games against the Phoenix