Melbourne Victory vs Wellington Phoenix
Date: Friday, 3 May 2019
Kick-Off 10:50 UK / 11:50 CET
Venue: AAMI Park (Melbourne).
The reigning champions Melbourne Victory are set to raise the curtain on post-season play on Friday evening when they host Wellington Phoenix in a super exciting Elimination Finals tie at AAMI Park.
The hosts were just in this same position last season when they showed phenomenal character to win three outings on the trot to claim surprising silverware. They are once again among shadow favourites after failing to make the top-two in the A-League regular season campaign.
Nevertheless, nobody can underestimate the Victory in this term’s play-offs. Kevin Muscat has a super-experienced squad full of high-quality players who proved to be capable of winning big games, just as the one against the Phoenix is.
Melbourne Victory vs Wellington Phoenix: Head-to-head
The two sides met each other three times this season and none of their clashes brought a winner.
Each of three H2H matches in this term of A-League brought drama and goals at both ends, especially the last one played at AAMI Park back in mid-January this year (ended in a 3-3 draw).
All of past six head to head outings between these two outfits brought goals at both ends.
However, we have to say Melbourne Victory were the dominant force in home clashes against the Phoenix with 12 wins, 5 draws and just 3 losses in 20 affairs at AAMI Park.
Melbourne Victory vs Wellington Phoenix: Prediction
Wellington had an overwhelming campaign overall as the head coach Mark Rudan can be satisfied with the play-offs appearance. They are underdogs coming into this tie, but they cause troubles to any opposition in the league on their day.
After all, Rudan has league’s top scorer Roy Krishna in his ranks. Striker from Fiji bagged 18 goals this season and he could cause troubles for Melbourne’s back line here. Wellington lost the last game of the regular season 5-0 at the hands of leaders Perth Glory, but Rudan rested his entire first-team squad in last weekend’s tie.
Phoenix previously played six consecutive matches which saw both teams on the scoreline and this is exactly the scenario we are expecting to witness on Friday at AAMI Park. The home win & Both Teams To Score is the way to go.
Melbourne Victory vs Wellington Phoenix: Bet Tips
Melbourne Victory to win & Both Teams To Score @ 3.40 (12/5)
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.72 (8/11).