Melbourne City vs Wellington Phoenix
Date: Friday, 9 November 2018
Kick-Off at 08:50 UK / 09:50 CET
Venue: AAMI Park (Melbourne).
Melbourne City and Wellington Phoenix are lock at three points each with a win, a draw and a defeat apiece coming into their Friday’s tie at AAMI Park. Both teams started off with victories on the opening day only to witness a drop in form in following ties.
The Citizens, who featured the play-off semi-final (2-1 loss to Newcastle Jets) last term, fell 0-3 at home to Sydney in the derby of the previous Matchday. Warren Joyce’s men failed to respond after conceding a 16th-minute goal from Paulo Retre. It was the former Bolton Wanderers striker Adam Le Fondre who exploited Melbourne’s defensive holes with a second-half brace to set the final score of the affair at AAMI Park.
Melbourne City vs Wellington Phoenix: Head-to-head
Melbourne City lead the head to head tie by three wins coming into their 28th meeting with the Nix.
The Citizens were especially dominant in home matches against Wellington, winning 8 and losing 2 of 14.
Melbourne City were on a streak of five consecutive wins over the Nix before Wellington won their last meeting in mid-April this year.
Melbourne City vs Wellington Phoenix: Prediction
New Zealand’s outfit finished the previous term second from bottom. They opened the new season with a magnificent 2-1 victory over the Grand Final participants Newcastle Jets in mid-October.
However, the Nix failed to back up such display as they could not find the back of the net in two following outings against Brisbane Roar and Western Sydney Wanderers.
Mark Rudan’s men were completely outplayed by WSW on Saturday and we can’t see them bouncing back against the likes of Melbourne City away at AAMI Park. The hosts are heavy favourites and this is a perfect fixture for them to return on the winning ways after falling to the likes of Sydney last weekend. Melbourne to score two or more goals is a banker bet at 1.57.
Melbourne City vs Wellington Phoenix: Bet Tips
Melbourne City to win @ 1.55 (11/20)
Melbourne City Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.57 (4/7).