Melbourne Victory v Wellington Phoenix: match preview

Melbourne Victory and Wellington Phoenix are both desperate for the three points when they face-off at AAMI Park on Sunday afternoon.

Victory have managed just one win from fur games so far in 2019/20 and will be stinging after throwing away a two-goal lead against Western United FC last time out.

But Phoenix have been unable to turn positive performances into wins – or points – with Ufuk Talay’s side losing all four games so far this campaign.

And while they drew twice against Victory at AAMI Park last season, the Kiwi club have only won twice against the Big V in Melbourne from 20 attempts.

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Sunday, November 10 2019
Kick-off: 4.00pm AEDT
Venue: AAMI Park
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
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Team news

Melbourne Victory squad: 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Corey BROWN, 4.James DONACHIE, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Kenny ATHIU, 8.Jakob POULSEN, 11.Ola TOIVONEN (c), 14.Thomas DENG, 16.Josh HOPE, 17.Elvis KAMSOBA, 18.Migjen BASHA, 19.Ben CARRIGAN, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 21.Adama TRAORE, 22.Kristijan DOBRAS, 24.Anthony LESIOTIS, 25.Brandon LAUTON, 30.Matthew SUTTON (gk), 50.Brendan WHITE (gk)

**2-3 to be omitted**

Ins: 30.Matthew SUTTON (gk) (promoted)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: 1.Matt ACTON (shoulder), 5.Tim HOOGLAND (quad), 9.Andrew NABBOUT (hamstring), 10.Robbie KRUSE (hamstring), 13.Birkan KIRDAR (international duty), 26.Jay BARNETT (international duty)

Wellington Phoenix squad: 1.Stefan MARINOVIC (gk), 2.Liam McGING, 3.Luke DEVERE, 4.Te Atawhai HUDSON-WIHONGI, 5.Matti STEINMANN, 6.Tim PAYNE, 7.Reno PISCOPO, 8.Cameron DEVLIN, 9.David BALL, 10.Ulises DAVILA, 11.Jaushua SOTIRIO, 13.Liberato CACACE, 14.Alex RUFER, 17.Callan ELLIOT, 20.Oliver SAIL (gk), 21.Callum MCCOWATT, 23.Walter SCOTT, 27.Steven TAYLOR (c), 31.Ben WAINE, 88. Gary HOOPER

**2-4 to be omitted**

Ins: Liam McGING (promoted), 8.Cameron DEVLIN, 13.Liberato CACACE (Returning from Suspension), 17.Callan ELLIOT (promoted)

Outs: 16.Louis FENTON (Injured)

Unavailable: Nil

Liberato Cacace scored one goal and had two assists from 26 appearances last season
Liberato Cacace will return from suspension for the Phoenix

Where heroes are made

Did you know?

  • Wellington Phoenix have lost their last six Hyundai A-League away games in succession; the last – and only previous – time they lost more games in a row away from home was a seven-game stretch in 2012/13.
  • Since the beginning of 2019, Melbourne Victory have outperformed their Expected Goals value by six goals in the Hyundai A-League – the largest positive disparity of any team in the competition.
  • Victory skipper Ola Toivonen is the only player to have scored multiple goals and made multiple assists this Hyundai A-League campaign (2 goals, 2 assists).

Rd 5: Victory v Phoenix

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Rd 5: Victory v Phoenix