Melbourne Victory v Wellington Phoenix A-League Elimination Final Tips, Predictions and Preview - Victory to progress

Melbourne Victory and Wellington Phoenix get the 2019 A-League finals series underway with an Elimination Final at AAMI Park on Friday night.


Victory v Phoenix kicks off at 7.50pm AEST at AAMI Park. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports in Australia.

Prediction


Match Preview


Wellington Phoenix wouldn't have envisioned taking on Melbourne Victory in the first Elimination Final, but thanks to a massive final round goal difference swing that is what unfolded.

The Phoenix dropped down to sixth spot after losing 5-0 to minor premiers Perth Glory and had to settle for a trip to AAMI Park to face the defending champions.

There has been nothing to separate these two teams so far this season with all three meetings ending in draws.

But even before the Phoenix confirmed Mark Rudan was leaving the team at the end of this season, there were some worrying signs about their away form in the run home.

With just one win from their last eight away games and three straight losses in Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth, it’s hard to see the Nix being able to match Melbourne’s intensity here.

The Victory haven’t been lighting up to scoreboard in the league lately with two or fewer goals in every game since February 2.

After last season though, it’s hard to count them out and Kevin Muscat has the better squad at his disposal.

With the likes of Honda, Barbarouses and Toivonen on hand, the Victory should be able to break the deadlock and pick up a win.

To add a bit of value, add the Both Teams to Score as it has hit in six of Wellington’s last seven games.

Match Odds


Melbourne Victory $1.68
Wellington Phoenix $4.60
Draw $3.70


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