Melbourne Victory head into the second leg of their semi-final clash against rivals Western United on Saturday with the lead.
Melbourne Victory vs Western United Prediction, Tips & Preview
Melbourne Victory vs Western United free A-League semi-finals prediction, tips and preview – Melbourne Victory are undefeated in their last 16 league matches.
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Melbourne Victory vs Western United Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: A-League
🗓 Date: Saturday May 21
⏰ Time: 5:15pm (AEST)
🏟 Stadium: AAMI Park
Melbourne Victory vs Western United Head to Head (last five matches)
- 17/05/22: United 0-1 Victory
- 23/03/22: Victory 1-1 United
- 26/12/21: Victory 3-1 United
- 20/11/21: United 0-1 Victory
- 28/05/21: United 1-6 Victory
Melbourne Victory vs Western United Preview & Prediction
Melbourne Victory head into the second leg of the semi-final matchup with a 1-0 lead after prevailing on Tuesday night in the first leg at AAMI Park. It was a tight contest for the majority of the match, before Western United’s elimination final triumph against Wellington a week ago caught up with them.
Jake Brimmer finally found the back of the net in the 74th minute in quite some style. Caressing a beautiful first-time volley into the top corner following Jason Davidson’s corner.
It turned out to be Victory’s only shot on target for the match and it had to be something special to get past the elite defence of Western United, with three of the green and blacks defence nominated into the A-League All-Stars team to face Barcelona next week.
It is John Aloisi’s side second semi-final appearance in the club’s short three-year history, and they have the chance to make the Grand Final for the first time.
They will be sweating on the availability of some injured midfielders, who they obviously missed despite Jerry Skotadis’ best efforts. Internationals Rene Khrin and Alessandro Diamanti, as well as Steven Lustica, are the big names missing in the middle of the park.
Both sides have progressed tremendously since last season, considering they both changed managers in pre-season. Victory were wooden spooners and Western United also failed to make a finals appearance.
Much like the first half of the first leg, you can expect the contest to be open and end-to-end. So, we’ll back both teams to find the back of the net in a low-scoring draw, seeing Victory progress through to the A-League Grand Final.
Five of Victory’s last six league matches has seen both teams score. (Best BTTS – Yes odds: $1.75 with bet365).
Melbourne Victory vs Western United Stats
- Both teams have scored in four of the last six meetings
- Under has hit in five of United’s last six
- Western United have one win in a month
- Melbourne Victory are undefeated in their last 16 league matches
- Victory are undefeated in the last five meetings
- Five of Victory’s last six league matches has seen both teams score