Wellington out to end City’s streak

In their third-consecutive OFC Champions League final play-off, New Zealand clubs Auckland City and Team Wellington will meet at Kiwitea Street in Auckland this Sunday for the first of two matches, both hopeful of claiming a spot at the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017.

With varying results between the two teams throughout their season in the 2016-2017 New Zealand Premiership, Auckland City coach Ramon Tribulietx believes Team Wellington’s line-up is stronger than ever this year, and expects both clashes will be neck-and-neck.

“The main difference this year compared to last year is that they’re looking to keep the ball a little bit longer, and they look to pass a bit more than they used to, but they’re still a very direct team that benefits a lot from counter-attacking football,” he said.