Wellington Phoenix vs Melbourne City FC
Australia – A-League
Date: Saturday, 26th January 2019
Kick-off at 06.35 UK/ 07.35 CET
Venue: Wellington Regional Stadium (Wellington).
The Nix have built a comfortable lead over the lower-tier teams. A berth in the playoff quarterfinals is all but ensured for them if miracles do not happen in the second half of the season. They could gun for the even prestigious semifinals, and the players will be targeting a top-two finish as such.
But it sure won’t be easy.
Interestingly, the only loss City has had to face in the last eight match-days was against the Central Coast Mariners, the weakest team in the A-League. The confidence of the team was shaken as a result, and they will be careful so as not to walk into traps like that again.
Wellington Phoenix vs Melbourne City FC Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last time these two played to a draw was 12 matches back.
- City Blues have registered seven of the last eight wins.
- Ten of the last eleven games saw the hosts of the day getting on the scorecard.
- Heart scored in their last five straight away attempts and kept clean sheets in three of their last six.
- Mark Rudan’s men lost three of their last five home-ties.
Wellington Phoenix vs Melbourne City FC Prediction
As these two teams occupy adjacent positions in the league table and are separated by just four points, a win over the other is hugely beneficial for the other. Both teams would be playing for the win, as it can be seen over their h2h history. All last 12 games between the teams produced definitive results.
But I think the advantage lies with Mark Rudan’s men due to their home status. They can take a step closer to their semi-final hopes with a win, and I certainly don’t see them messing up. Back the Double Chance bet for the home team to take at least a point.
Regarding goals, it would be foolish to think that the visitors would sit deep and let the Nix attack the whole game. Expect an end-to-end game, and this fiercely competitive tie will see goals at either end. The team from Wellington had found the net in eight of their last nine home-ties, while their opposite number did so in seven of their last eight overall games.
Wellington Phoenix vs Melbourne City FC Betting Tips
Double Chance: Wellington Phoenix or Draw @ 1.50 (1/2)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.50 (1/2).