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Opposition Focus: Team Wellington

Words: ACFC Media

Sunday 15 October 2017

Picture: Phototek

GET the lowdown on defending champions Team Wellington ahead of Sunday's ISPS Handa Premiership and Charity Cup opener.

CLUB INFO:
FORMED: 2004
NICKNAME: TeeDubs
STADIUM: David Farrington Park, Wellington
CAPACITY: 3,500
COACH: Jose Figueira

MATCH INFO:
DATE: Sunday 15 October 2017
KICK OFF: 2pm NZST
VENUE: David Farrington Park, Wellington
COMPETITION: ISPS Handa Premiership/Charity Cup

MATCH STATS:
ISPS HANDA PREMIERSHIP RECORD
POSITION: 2nd (CHAMPIONS)
PLAYED: 18
WON: 11
DRAWN: 3
LOST: 4
FOR: 51
AGAINST: 32
POINTS: 36

PREVIOUS MATCHES:

Auckland City FC record vs. Team Wellington (all competitions)

ISPS Handa Premiership
Played: 38
Won: 25
Draws: 4
Lost: 8
Goals for: 96
Goals against: 56

NZF Charity Cup
2011 - Auckland City FC 3-2 Waitakere United
2012 - Waitakere United 2-1 Auckland City FC
2013 - Auckland City FC 4-1 Waitakere United
2014 - Auckland City FC 2-2 Team Wellington*
2015 - Auckland City FC 3-0 Team Wellington
2016 - Auckland City FC 3-1 Team Wellington
*Team Wellington won 4-3 on penalties

OFC Champions League
2015 - Auckland City FC 1-1 Team Wellington**
2016 - Auckland City FC 3-0 Team Wellington
2017 - Auckland City FC 3-0 Team Wellington -
- Team Wellington 0-2 Auckland City FC
**Auckland City FC won 4-3 on penalties

LAST 5 TEAM WELLINGTON RESULTS
16 April 2017 - Team Wellington 7-1 AS Magenta
30 April 2017 - Auckland City FC 3-0 Team Wellington
7 May 2017 - Team Wellington 0-2 Auckland City FC
23 September 2017 - Team Wellington 1-8 Wellington Phoenix
30 September 2017 - Team Wellington 1-3 Wellington Phoenix

TEAM NEWS

Coach Ramon Tribulietx has a full strength squad to choose from ahead of Sunday's game as the club chases maximum points and a fifth NZF Charity Cup title.

Marko Dordevic and Fabrizio Tavano are both on course for quick recoveries from minor knocks picked up in pre-season.

Squad: Enaut Zubikarai (GK), Liam Graham, Mario Bilen, Angel Berlanga, Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi, Cam Howieson, Albert Riera, Fabrizio Tavano, Kris Bright, Dan Morgan, Daewook Kim, Reid Drake, Danyon Drake (GK), Emiliano Tade, Owen Parker-Price, Callum McCowatt.

Coach: Ramon Tribulietx

FAST FACTS

The match will be the 39th meeting between the sides in the ISPS Handa Premiership with the Navy Blues having won 25 and losing eight. There have been four draws. There have been three previous meetings in the Charity Cup with Auckland City FC winning twice in 2015 (3-0) and 2016 (3-1).

Team Wellington won the Charity Cup in 2014. Like Sunday's fixture, the 2016 match doubled as a premiership regular season match. In the OFC Champions League the teams have clashed four times with Auckland City FC winning all four matches in 2015 (1-1 then 4-3 on penalties), 2016 (3-0) and 2017 (3-0 and 2-0).

Auckland City FC last lost their first clash with Team Wellington in a regular season fixture when Matt Calcott's side downed the Navy Blues 4-0 at David Farrington Park in 2014. That remains the Navy Blues heaviest loss in all competitions since the club began in 2004.

Last season's 1-0 defeat to Waitakere United was the Navy Blues one and only defeat in the opening match of the Premiership since the inaugural competition in 2004-05 season.

Auckland City FC have won 11, drawn one and lost one of their last 13 season openers since 2004-05.


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