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The A-League clash at Sky Stadium on Monday will see home side Wellington Phoenix lock horns with Melbourne City.
Our predictions, user poll and statistics for Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne City can be found here - as well as the best betting odds.
Wellington Phoenix will be looking to improve on their last outing here after a 0-1 A-League losing effort in their last game against Macarthur FC.
In that game, Wellington Phoenix had 56% possession and 13 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target. Macarthur FC had 13 attempts at goal with 6 on target. Denis Genreau (65') scored for Macarthur FC.
Fixtures featuring Wellington Phoenix have often been exciting encounters recently with a lot of goalmouth action being a common characteristic. Over their past half dozen clashes alone, a total of 20 goals have flown in for both teams combined (at an average of 3.33 goals per game) with 13 of those being chalked up by The Nix. Let’s see if that trend can be sustained into this next match.
After a losing effort in their last game against Western United in A-League competition, Melbourne City and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that match, Melbourne City had 56% possession and 27 shots at goal with 7 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Melbourne City was Craig Noone (12'). Western United had 8 attempts on goal with 6 of them on target. Lachlan Wales (61') and Besart Berisha (66') scored for Western United.
A very clinical Melbourne City have helped themselves to an absolute glut of goals over their last 6 clashes (18 to be exact). That has earned them an outstanding average of 3 goals scored per match over this period.
Coming into this contest, Melbourne City are winless against Wellington Phoenix when having played them away from home in the previous 4 league games. Not good at all.
Head to head
A glance at their past head-to-head meetings dating back to 14/04/2018 shows that Wellington Phoenix have won 4 of them and Melbourne City 2, with the tally of drawn games standing at 0.
17 goals were scored between the two sides during those clashes, with 9 of them from The Nix and 8 created by City. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.83.
The previous league game between these clubs was A-League match day 19 on 15/02/2020 and the score finished Wellington Phoenix 1-0 Melbourne City.
The match was refereed by Alex King.
Team News: Wellington Phoenix
Looking at personnel, there is just the sole fitness concern for the Wellington Phoenix manager Ufuk Talay to contend with thanks to an otherwise robust group of players. Luke DeVere (Knee Injury) is out of contention.
Team News: Melbourne City
With a completely injury-free group to pick from, Melbourne City boss Patrick Kisnorbo doesn’t have any fitness concerns whatsoever ahead of this clash.
In this match, Melbourne City should be able to create a good number of chances & successful shots on target.
Conversely, Wellington Phoenix may well find it hard finding the net themselves but we do fancy them being dangerous at times, too.
We’re therefore expecting to see a comfortable 1-3 margin for Melbourne City at the end of the match.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Sky Stadium (34,500)
Chairman: Robert Morrison
Manager: Ufuk Talay
Competitions: A-League position 9
⭐ Star Player: Tomer Hemed
Normally played in the Striker position, Tomer Hemed was born in Haifa, Israel. Having made his senior debut playing for Mallorca in the 2011 - 2012 season, the gifted Forward has managed to score 3 league goals in this A-League 2020 - 2021 season to date coming from a total of 11 appearances.