Betting preview: Melbourne Victory vs Wellington Phoenix should be interesting

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Competition: Australia A-League
Competition: Wed 24.February
Match begins: 08:05 (UTC)
Venue: AAMI Park (56347 seats)

Melbourne Victory are welcoming Wellington Phoenix for another important game after their 0-1 result against 6th-placed Newcastle Jets.

Insights:
  • Melbourne Victory has the fewest scored goals (5) in A-League
  • Wellington Phoenix have scored in all their away matches so far.

It's no vacation for neither Melbourne Victory nor Wellington Phoenix as both were in action only a few days ago. Expect some tired legs on the pitch and/or possibly some changes to the lineups.

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Melbourne Victory form and stats

Melbourne Victory have played three A-League home games so far, perhaps enough to set expectations for the season. In that case, only 3 points from these matches could be a signal of rough times ahead. Melbourne has three losses from their three previous games and the tension is increasing in the dressing room for both the manager G. Brebner and the players.

J. Brimmer was the last player to score a league goal for Melbourne Victory and it's becoming a more and more distant memory as Melbourne Victory haven't scored in 225 minutes.

The Melbourne crowd went home unhappy last time out, seeing their beloved players lose 0-1 to Newcastle Jets here at AAMI Park in a A-League match. Heartbreak before that as Melbourne lost 0-2 at Western Sydney Wanderers's place.

The bookmakers consider this a fairly even contest. One could say only the home advantage separates the teams. It could be relevant to look at how Melbourne Victory have performed in matches similar to this (as small favourites). Our database has found twelve matches with the results: Won four, drawn two and lost six.

Another home game is coming up fairly shortly for the hosts, as Western United are coming to town in three days.

Melbourne has scored 3 league goals at home this season, in 3 matches. With more than 1,5 conceded goals on average, the Melbourne defense is not exactly impregnable. 5 goals conceded from 3 games. You can find more goal stats on the Statistics tab above.

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Wellington Phoenix form and stats

Things could have gone better for Wellington Phoenix in their A-League away matches, but 4 points from 3 games is all right.

There were no winners in Wellington's previous match, a A-League home game that ended 2-2 vs Western Sydney Wanderers (placed 4th). A loss against Central Coast Mariners was the result prior to that, in a home game.

Oliver Sail had red hot gloves after the game against Western Sydney Wanderers, shaping the outcome of the game with six saves made.

As mentioned above, this is an open game with no clear favourite. We have found two similar matches played by Wellington Phoenix in our archives, and the results are: two wins for Wellington, zero draws and zero defeats.

Wellington has another fixture away, a A-League game, against Melbourne City in just four days. A tough schedule for the visitors!

Wellington Phoenix have scored 4 goals on their travels this season, from 3 away games in the league. As opposed to that, Wellington Phoenix have seen the ball go into their own net 4 times on the road.

Head 2 Head

Head-2-head stats last ten meetings: three - five - two (Melbourne wins - draws - Wellington Phoenix wins). As for goals, six matches ended with three or more goals (over 2,5), four had two or less.

Top Goalscorers

MelbourneJ. Brimmer
J. Brimmer
3 goals
Wellington PhoenixU. Dávila Plascencia
U. Dávila Plascencia
3 goals
Wellington PhoenixM. Muratovic
M. Muratovic
2 goals

Melbourne Victory missing players

Wellington Phoenix missing players

Melbourne Victory Wellington Phoenix
Total Home vs low Statistics Stat vs low Away Total
7 3 0 Played P 0 3 7
1 1 0 Won W 0 1 1
1 0 0 Drew D 0 1 2
5 2 0 Lost L 0 1 4
5 3 0 Scored S 0 4 8
13 5 0 Conceded C 0 4 12
86% 100% 0% Over 0.5 O 0.5 0% 100% 100%
57% 67% 0% Over 1.5 O 1.5 0% 100% 100%
43% 67% 0% Over 2.5 O 2.5 0% 67% 71%
29% 33% 0% Over 3.5 O 3.5 0% 0% 14%
14% 0% 0% Over 4.5 O 4.5 0% 0% 0%
43% 67% 0% BTTS BTTS 0% 100% 86%
14% 0% 0% Clean Sheets C S 0% 0% 0%
57% 33% 0% Failed to Score F T 0% 0% 14%
 
0 0 0 Corners for (avg) C F 0 0 0
0 0 0 Corners against (avg) C A 0 0 0
2.7 2 0 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 0 2 1.4
0 0 0 Red cards R C 0 1 2
 
11.9 12.7 0 Shots (avg) S ( 0 15.7 16.7
3.3 3.7 0 Shots on Target (avg) S O 0 3 4.1
22% 27% 0% Goal Efficiency G E 0% 44% 28%
Key stats in A-League this season:
  • All of Wellington Phoenix's matches have had more than 1,5 goals.
  • Melbourne Victory has the fewest scored goals (5) in A-League
  • Melbourne Victory has the the worst goal difference (-8) in A-League
  • Melbourne Victory have conceded at least twice as many goals as they have scored.
  • Wellington Phoenix have failed to keep a clean sheet in all their matches.
  • Wellington Phoenix have scored in all their away matches so far.
  • Wellington Phoenix haven’t played a single 0-0 game.

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 Central Coast Mariners 9 6 0 3 16 10 5 3 0 2 8 7 4 3 0 1 8 3 6 18
2 Brisbane Roar 8 4 2 2 13 8 5 2 1 2 8 6 3 2 1 0 5 2 5 14
3 Macarthur 9 4 2 3 13 13 5 1 2 2 7 8 4 3 0 1 6 5 0 14
4 Western Sydney Wanderers 8 3 4 1 11 8 3 1 1 1 3 2 5 2 3 0 8 6 3 13
5 Sydney 6 3 2 1 8 5 4 1 2 1 3 4 2 2 0 0 5 1 3 11
6 Newcastle Jets 9 3 2 4 8 9 4 1 0 3 4 6 5 2 2 1 4 3 -1 11
7 Adelaide United 8 3 1 4 11 16 4 3 0 1 7 4 4 0 1 3 4 12 -5 10
8 Perth Glory 5 3 0 2 15 12 1 1 0 0 5 3 4 2 0 2 10 9 3 9
9 Western United 6 2 2 2 12 10 4 2 2 0 9 5 2 0 0 2 3 5 2 8
10 Melbourne City 6 2 0 4 6 10 2 1 0 1 3 4 4 1 0 3 3 6 -4 6
11 Wellington Phoenix 7 1 2 4 8 12 4 0 1 3 4 8 3 1 1 1 4 4 -4 5
12 Melbourne Victory 7 1 1 5 5 13 3 1 0 2 3 5 4 0 1 3 2 8 -8 4

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The A-League is the top level of the Australian football league system. Seasons run from October to May. Ten teams play a regular season of 27 fixtures to create a league table winner and the highest placed teams qualify for a playoff. The league winner is called the “premier” while the playoff winner is the “champion”. There is no set system for relegation, unlike most leagues in the world.