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Wellington Phoenix vs Melbourne Victory: A-League live scores, blog

18th January, 2014

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Wellington V Melb Victory

WESTPAC STADIUM, WELLINGTON, 18 JANUARY 2014

 
Wellington Match Completed Melb Victory
5 FINAL SCORE 0
3 HALF TIME SCORE 0
18 SHOTS 7
9 SHOTS ON GOAL 1
10 FOULS 19
5 CORNERS 6
2 OFFSIDES 4
47 POSSESSION 53
Teams

Wellington Phoenix

1.Glen Moss (GK)
2.Manny Muscat
5.Michael Boxall
7.Leo Bertos
9.Kenny Cunningham
10.Stein Huysegems
11.Jeremy Brockie
12.Tyler Boyd
13.Albert Riera
15.Jason Hicks
17.Vince Lia
18.Ben Sigmund
20.Lewis Italiano
21.Carlos Hernandez
22.Andrew Durante (c)
23.Matthew Ridenton
24.Roy Krishna

One to be omitted

Melbourne Victory

1.Nathan Coe
2.Pablo Contreras
3.Adama Traore
6.Leigh Broxham
7.Gui Finkler
9.Kosta Barbarouses
10.Archie Thompson
14.James Troisi
16.Rashid Mahazi
17.James Jeggo
20.Lawrence Thomas
22.Jesse Makarounas
23.Adrian Leijer
26.Jordan Brown
27.Christopher Cristaldo
31.Dylan Murnane
32.Milos Ridesic

One to be omitted

Kick-Off: 5.30pm AEDT
Venue: Westpac Stadium
Referee: Adam Kersey
Last Time: Round 4 2013-2014 – Victory 3 bt Phoenix 2 at Etihad Stadium
History: Phoenix 3 Victory 12 drawn 6
Betting: $2.30 Phoenix $2.90 Victory $3.50 Draw
TV: Fox Sports 1 (LIVE)
Jeremy Brockie celebrates scoring for Wellington Phoenix. It appears the Phoenix's days are numbered. (Image: Peter McAlpine).
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Wellington Phoenix host Melbourne Victory in Saturday evening twilight football. Join us for live scores and commentary from 5.30pm AEDT.

Wellington come into this game as one of the in-form teams of the A-League, picking up 10 points out of a possible twelve and will need to continue that sort of form if they are to challenge for a finals spot.

Victory have been inconsistent over the same period, picking up eight points from a possible 12, but that also includes the 3-0 thrashing they were handed by Brisbane.

This game is going to be difficult for Melbourne as their “unavailable” list reads like a shortlist for their best and fairest.

Mark Milligan, Connor Pain, Nick Ansell, Scott Galloway and Jason Geria have all been consistent performers and create the spine that allows the others to perform.

Add to that list Mitch Nichols, whose knee-jerk reaction to the offer from Japan has brought him undone and will miss this game with a knee injury. Nichols may not play again for Victory, and Muscat will need to find a replacement for his false 9 and a half.

On the Chilean bright side, Pablo Contreras returns from suspension, again.

Ernie Merrick created the demon that is Melbourne Victory, as they carelessly flaunt their status and wealth with the loaning of Barbarouses and Troisi.

Wellington have had to make do and sign a backpacker and a plumber, yet the teams are separated on the ladder by nine points, the Nix with a game in hand.

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Wellington have seen the ‘Roarcelona’ tag and want it, not that ‘Wellingtona’ has the same ring to it. In fact, it sounds like a far-flung, dangerous suburb of a large city.

Melbourne on the other hand, have looked to redefine ‘Barcelona’ in a football linguistic tug-o-war. Tucked-in wingers with two indefinable strikers masquerading as midfielders.

Wellington’s recent form has been hot and although Melbourne played well on Tuesday, they will have to rely on inexperienced youngsters again.

Wellington to create another upset again, at home, after three wins and a draw.