The Victory and Phoenix promise to bring a finals-like atmosphere to their Sunday afternoon clash.
Both sides need the win for different reasons so there definitely won’t be any messing about in this
Victory have all but secured second spot on the table but will definitely want some momentum heading into the finals, especially after suffering a 1-nil defeat at the hands of Brisbane last week.
Wellington’s slim finals hopes are still alive after a brilliant 5-nil drubbing of Newcastle but the question of consistency has plagued the Kiwis all season. Can they finally start stringing some good games together?
BACK TO FULL STRENGTH
Last week’s match with the Roar was always going to be a danger game for Melbourne Victory.
Missing four of their big guns in Besart Berisha, Jai Ingham, James Troisi and Marco Rojas thanks to international duty, they were off the pace from their usual high-tempo and were made to pay thanks to a Jamie Maclaren strike.
With the ‘Big Four’ back in action, coach Kevin Muscat must fancy his chance of getting back to the winners circle here.
Just when you think the Phoenix are dead and buried they produce something that reminds you of just how good they can be.
They weren’t entitled to be lapped last week with half their squad missing thanks to international duty, however, they put five past the Jets. That is the second time in as many attempts this season they have won without their international stars.
There is no doubt they will benefit from having the likes of Roy Krishna, Andrew Durante and Shane Smeltz back in the line-up here but they need to improve their away form. To date they have won just twice on the road this season.
Melbourne Victory have completely dominated Wellington in this fixture.
The last time these teams met it was in the rescheduled Round 7 game which saw Wellington win 3-nil which broke a long run of outs against the Victory which included a 6-1 thumping earlier in the season.
To show you the dominance Victory have had over the Kiwis, Wellington will be aiming to win back-to-back games against Melbourne for the first time in A-league history!
Going back through their last six contests and punters would be well advised to take the Overs when it comes to Total Goals. There has been an average of 3.83 goals per game in this fixture dating back to April 2015. Over 3.5 Goals @ $2.29 with Sportsbet looks awfully tempting.
While you can make a case for Wellington you just have to stick with Melbourne Victory.
They have been rampant at home for most of the season and actually lead the league in goals scored (33) and points gained (28) when playing in front of their fans.
Couple that with Wellington’s previous outing at AAMI which saw them concede six and the safer proposition for your money has to be the home team.
They are short so maybe the value is looking in the exotics. Victory hitman Besart Berisha scored a hat-trick against Wellington earlier in the year and he is $23 to do it again @ Sportsbet.
THE MATCH TIP:
TOTAL GOALS OVER/UNDER 3.5: