Wellington Phoenix vs Melbourne City prediction
Wellington Phoenix looked too vulnerable in their 4:2 defeat away to Pert Glory last Friday night. They had more of the ball possession, but it was their hosts who have created way better and more concrete chances.
Therefore, it was the players of Perth who were way effective, scoring two goals towards the end of the first halftime thanks to Mrcela and D'Agostino, while the latter one scored once at the start of the second too. It was a perfect way to ruin every kind of Wellington's plans for the game itself.
Still, Phoenix looked slightly better in the continuation, managing to reduce the deficit twice via goals from Hoopers, but just when they risked the most to get the point, it was Fornaroli who scored fourth goals for Glory in the 90th minute. Neither it was too realistic since the guests played with a man less in the last twenty minutes of the game since midfielder Payne got red-carded.
Wellington Phoenix team news
Midfielder Payne (13/0) is suspended, while injured remain left-back Scott (2/0) and right-back Fenton (4/0).
Melbourne City was maybe underrated a bit in their local derby game against Victory last Friday evening, but the team did well to record a 2:1 home victory. They have opened the game in the best possible way, with a goal from Berenguer in the eight-minute already. They remained a bit passive being satisfied with the lead, leaving the possession to Victory.
However, even so, it was they who looked just fine in the transition, reaching the second goal in the 71st minute via Maclaren. Toivonen just managed to reduce the deficit seven minutes later, without making the game more complicated later on.
This way Melbourne City surely improved their morale even further and found the best possible way to respond after a loss away to Adelaide. They now continue to be second with just a point above third-placed Perth Glory and can't afford to drop points in this one.
Melbourne City team news
Central back Delbridge (14/1) remains suspended. Injured are other central backs Hendry (2/0) and Winbichler (3/0), with defensive midfielder Metcalfe (9/2) doubtful for now.
A goal-fest is possible
Wellington would probably be a slight favorite almost against every A-League side, but this time the game remains very difficult to predict regarding the final outcome. However, goals do look very likely once again, as Melbourne City can't afford to continue to drop points that easily on the road.
With the way, they both play, something close to a goal festival is very real this time. Neither of the teams can be fully satisfied with a point in this one.
Wellington Phoenix vs Melbourne City betting tips
Over 2.5 & BTTS (Stake: 8)Odds: 1.90 at Bet365
Result: 1-0 LOST (-8 units)
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