A-League: Wellington Phoenix confirm home games in Wellington, Auckland

Wellington Phoenix have confirmed their opponents for their two home matches, after getting the all clear for two matches in New Zealand this season.

Thanks to the opening of the trans-Tasman bubble, the currently Wollongong-based Phoenix will be able to return home before the end of the 2020/21 regular season.

The Phoenix will play their first home match against Western United at Wellington's Sky Stadium on May 22, then take on Perth Glory at Auckland's Eden Park on May 30.

Perth had initially been resistant to the idea of travelling to New Zealand, a move Phoenix coach Ufuk Talay hit out at last week.

Those two home games fall between away trips to Western Sydney Wanderers on May 26, before finishing the regular season away to Macarthur FC. The dates and venues for those matches are yet to be confirmed.

The A-League's only Kiwi side haven't played on NZ soil in over a year, and the May 22 kick-off will mark 433 days since their last home match.

"It'll be great to come home - not just to play in front of our fans but to also have friends and family there too," says defender Louis Fenton.

"Hopefully we get a good crowd; if we can get a big crowd behind us then we can show Wellington what they've been missing out on, and then use that to continue building momentum."

The Phoenix are currently eighth in the A-League standings, two points off a play-off place. 

But Western United, currently six, have two games in hand over the Phoenix, while seventh placed Brisbane Roar have three matches up their sleeve, and are one point off a playoff berth.