Three wins in a row has Wellington Phoenix flying high and they jet across the ditch to play a Melbourne Victory searching for a spark to end their worst ever Hyundai A-League start.
Marco Kurz's men have collected only eight points from their opening nine games. One silver lining is that, in 2017/18, Victory also won two of their first nine and went on to lift the Championship. Something needs to change in Melbourne, fast, for them to rediscover that kind of form.
Phoenix's revival has been an example of what Victory need to achieve over the coming weeks. Ufuk Talay's team have hit their straps with Ulises Davila becoming the Kiwi club's talisman, racking up six goals from the opening eight games of the season.
One more goal at AAMI Park and the Mexican playmaker will become the first player in Wellington's history to score in five straight. A fourth win would likely push Phoenix into top-four territory, while Victory could quickly surge up the ladder. Despite currently being 10th, they are only two points back from Wellington in fifth.
Saturday, December 14 2019
Kick-off: 5.00pm AEDT
Venue: AAMI Park
Broadcast: ABC TV, FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports, ABC iView
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TBC on Thursday
Did you know?
- Four of the last five A-League games between Melbourne Victory and Wellington Phoenix have ended in a draw, with Melbourne Victory also earning a win in that span.
- Melbourne Victory have lost only one of their last 11 A-League games at AAMI Park (W6, D4); though, they’ve managed to keep only one clean sheet in that period.
- Wellington Phoenix have won their last three A-League games on the bounce; the last time they won more in succession was a four-game stretch in March 2015 which began with a 3-2 win over Melbourne Victory.
- Melbourne Victory are the only team yet to have conceded a goal after the 75th minute of a game this A-League campaign.
- Ola Toivonen (Melbourne Victory) has scored a goal in each of his four A-League games against the Wellington Phoenix; against no team has he scored more in the competition.