Can Auckland City march on in Oceania or will Team Wellington finally prevail?

Will Auckland City win the OFC Champions League for a seventh year in a row, or will Team Wellington win it for the first time, and become the seventh team from Oceania to complete the domestic-continental double?

That's what's at stake over the next week or so, as they meet in a two-legged home-and-away final beginning on Sunday at Kiwitea St, that will not only answer that question, but also determine which of them qualifies for December's Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

It has been four weeks since Team Wellington won the national league final between the two sides, 2-1 at QBE Stadium in Auckland, and in that time, they each won their two-legged Champions League semifinals easily, and in the fashion you would expect - Auckland City 2-0 and 2-0 over AS Tefana of Tahiti, and Team Wellington 2-2 and 7-1 over AS Magenta of New Caledonia, scorelines that reflect the greater firepower the men from the capital posess, but also their greater potential to concede - they've kept just three clean sheets all season.

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