A hard team to predict, a harder team to play against. Ricki Herbert has made the last three finals campaigns, and I can’t see him missing out on a fourth. The Phoenix has made the trip to Wellington one of the most daunting in the league, and has learned to grab points away from home. The Phoenix are one of those teams that just frustrate you with their uncanny knack to score at any time, no matter what the situation.
Sure, they have lost some experience in the midfield, but Herbert has covered his losses well in the off-season. This prediction could go horribly wrong, but I just can’t write off any team managed by the tactically astute Herbert.
PREDICTION: 4th. The team from across the ditch will once again frustrate teams along their travels. Wellington has become a fortress for the home team, and Phoenix should reach the playoffs on this alone.
BEST FINISH: 3rd in 2009/10.
THE SIGNING: Jeremy Brockie had a great year with Newcastle …