The New Zealand’s A-league season opener against South Melbourne on Sunday will be the first time the team has played at home since they played at the same venue in December last year.
After being out of action for the past six weeks due to a calf injury, star defender Josh Walker and his teammates will now return to action for their first match since their December 1 home win over Melbourne Victory.
New Zealand have won six of their past nine home matches and are undefeated in their last 10 A-LEAGUE matches.
They are now two points clear of fourth-placed Melbourne Victory and five points behind Brisbane Roar, who they will meet on the weekend.
Newcastle Jets will play the Wellington Phoenix in the A-league opener on Saturday, while Brisbane Roars will meet Adelaide United at Suncorp Stadium on Tuesday.