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The A-League clash at Sky Stadium on Saturday will see home team Wellington Phoenix take on Melbourne City.
View all of the Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne City predictions, poll and stats below (plus the best game odds).
Wellington Phoenix head into this fixture following a 1-1 A-League drawn result versus Melbourne Victory.
In that match, Wellington Phoenix managed 47% possession and 0 attempts at goal with 0 on target. Melbourne Victory got 18 attempts on goal with 7 on target. Ryan Teague (14') and Damien Da Silva (41' Own goal) scored for Melbourne Victory.
Giancarlo Italiano's Wellington Phoenix have hit the back of the net 9 times over their last 6 outings. The corresponding number of goals that have been scored against them in those fixtures amounts to 6.
Looking at the pre-match facts, Wellington Phoenix:
- have not emerged victorious against Melbourne City in their last 7 league games.
- haven't been defeated in their previous 3 league matches at home.
In the game prior to this, Melbourne City drew 3-3 in the A-League tie with Macarthur FC.
In that match, Melbourne City had 61% possession and 22 attempts at goal with 7 on target. For Melbourne City, the scorers were Jamie Maclaren (58', 90') and Terry Antonis (93'). For their opponents, Macarthur FC had 6 attempts at goal with 6 of them on target. Ulises Dávila (61'), Jake Hollman (83') and Matt Millar (88') scored for Macarthur FC.
Proving their appetite for productive matches, goals have been scored 20 times in the previous 6 games in which Melbourne City have taken to the field, giving an average of 3.33 goals each meeting. Opposition teams have got 12 from this total. With no two games being the same, we’ll just have to find out if that pattern shall continue on in this match.
Coming into this fixture, Melbourne City haven't been beaten by Wellington Phoenix when they have played them away from home in the previous 3 matches in the league.
Head to head
Looking over their past head to head results going back to 16/05/2021 shows that these fixtures have been a source of anguish for Wellington Phoenix. They’ve not been able to come away with any victories whatsoever whereas Melbourne City have been the better of the two, beating them in 67% of those matches played.
Loads of goals were seen in those games, too - 26 overall which averages out at 4.33 goals per match.
The last league meeting featuring the two was A-League match day 23 on 10/04/2023 and the score finished Melbourne City 4-1 Wellington Phoenix.
In that game, Melbourne City had 56% possession and 23 shots at goal with 12 on target. The goals were scored by Jamie Maclaren (34', 52') and Marco Tilio (57', 83').
For their opponents, Wellington Phoenix had 8 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. Steven Ugarković (49') scored.
The match was refereed by Adam Kersey.
Team News: Wellington Phoenix
There aren’t many personnel worries, with just the sole fitness concern for the Wellington Phoenix manager Giancarlo Italiano to be concerned about due to a largely intact group. Oskar Zawada (Groin injury) won’t play.
Team News: Melbourne City
Melbourne City manager Aurelio Vidmar has to contend with a number of unavailable players. James Nieuwenhuizen (Hamstring injury), Mathew Leckie (Knee injury), Arion Sulemani (Cruciate ligament tear), Nuno Reis (Muscle injury), Zane Schreiber (Knee injury) and Andrew Nabbout (Achilles heel problems) miss out here.
We believe that Wellington Phoenix should get enough chances to breach the defence of this Melbourne City lineup, but a single goal might not be as many as they will have scored against them.
We therefore reckon that it will be a narrow 1-2 advantage for Melbourne City when all is said and done. Expecting it to be very competitive.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Sky Stadium (34,500)
Captain: Alex Rufer
Chairman: Robert Morrison
Manager: Giancarlo Italiano
Competitions: A-League position 3
⭐ Star Player: Oskar Zawada
Mostly playing in the Striker position, Oskar Zawada was born in Olsztyn, Poland. After having played his first senior match for FC Twente in the 2015 - 2016 season, the accomplished Forward has contributed 4 league goals in this A-League 2023 - 2024 campaign to date in a total of 4 appearances.