Elimination Final: Melbourne Victory v Wellington Phoenix Preview
Will Melbourne Victory's experience propel them past Wellington?
The defending champs are in the Elimination Finals again, just like last year, so experience will go a long way in taking them one step closer to going back-to-back.
Melbourne haven’t been the machine we’ve known them to be though and have traded wins and losses over the past month while juggling Asian Champions League commitments.
They come into this game as deserved favourites and have history on their side, having never lost a finals match in Melbourne at the end of 90 minutes and that is ominous for Wellington who lost 5-0 in Perth over the weekend.
Of all the teams left in the finals race, Wellington has the poorest road record with just three wins and five draws this season with a plus / minus differential of -4. That doesn’t sound good for Mark Rudan’s side who have lost three of their past four games, however, he did rest a number of his gun players last week with this game in mind.
Although the Victory has just one win against Wellington in their past five matches (with three draws), we think they will be too strong in this. They are finals specialists whereas the Phoenix are sorely lacking in that department. It won’t be easy though so go for a Victory win by a one goal margin.