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    Melbourne City FC v Wellington Phoenix

    AAMI Park, 21 October, 2017

    Melbourne City FC Full Time Wellington Phoenix
    1 0
    10 SHOTS 18
    13 FOULS 10
    7 CORNERS 6
    2 OFFSIDES 0

    Match result:

    Melbourne City have started the season with three straight wins for the first time in their history after defeating the Wellington Phoenix 1 nil in a tight contest at AAMI Park.

    Final score
    Melbourne City 1
    Wellington Phoenix 0

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    Melbourne City will be favoured to win their third game on the trot when they host Wellington Phoenix at AAMI Park. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 5:30pm AEDT.

    City have defied expectations somewhat, winning their first two matches of the season against Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory. They are more stable at the back compared to the last campaign and will take plenty of confidence into today’s contest against Wellington.

    The Phoenix have opened the season with a draw and a narrow defeat to premiership favourites Sydney FC away from home. Despite losing 3-2, the Phoenix did well to keep themselves in the contest last week and are a good chance of causing an upset if City underestimates a team that is on the mend.

    City have the edge in recent form between the teams, winning their last three matches against the Phoenix which included a 5-1 shellacking in Wellington last season.

    While such a scoreline is unlikely to be reproduced this afternoon, it wouldn’t surprise to see at least four goals scored between two sides that like to attack.

    After being rested for 80 minutes against Victory, expect Socceroos legend Tim Cahill to feature more prominently for City this week. Cahill will be keen to keep his strong form going ahead of crucial World Cup qualifying matches against Honduras just under a month away.

    City had a lot of success against Victory on the counterattack, but it will be interesting to see if they let Wellington dictate terms with possession. The Phoenix are dangerous on the counter themselves, particularly with Dario Vidosic and Roy Krishna upfront.

    Overall, the Phoenix should provide City with an honest test at home, but City’s quality upfront led by Cahill should once again steer them to another win.

    City to win 3-1

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    68' YELLOW CARD - Matthew Ridenton (Wellington Phoenix)

    69' GOAL - Ross McCormack (Melbourne City FC)

    81' YELLOW CARD - Ross McCormack (Melbourne City FC)

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    • Roar Rookie

      Stevo said | 7:35pm | ! Report


    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 7:35pm | ! Report

      City start the season with three straight wins for the first time in their history after defeating the Phoenix 1 nil in a tight contest at AAMI Park.

      McCormack’s great freekick in the second half proved the difference between the two sides as Wellington competed well but failed to demonstrate a clinical edge when it mattered.

      Krishna, Vidosic and Kaludjerovic all had chances to convert for Wellington but failed to execute during crucial periods. City once again do enough to secure a tough win after overcoming Melbourne Victory in the derby last week.

      There is a different look to City this season. They are far more assured in defence and in midfield with La Rocca, Malik, Jamieson and Mauk all putting strong performances.

      With three wins on the board, perhaps this will be City’s year to fulfil potential. As for the Phoenix, they have plenty of room for improvement but wins should be just around the corner for a team that has competed well so far in all their matches to date.

      City 1
      Phoenix 0

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 7:30pm | ! Report


      City 1
      Phoenix 0

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 7:27pm | ! Report

      91′ – Kaludjerovic with a header but his effort goes wide of goal. Phoenix running out of time. They have toiled hard thus far but no wins to show for it. Lack a cutting edge upfront.

      City 1
      Phoenix 0

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 7:24pm | ! Report

      88′ – City holding on nervously. Phoenix pressing for an equaliser. City only conceded the one goal thus far in three matches.

      City 1
      Phoenix 0

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 7:20pm | ! Report

      84′ – Huge change for Wellington as Krishna hits the bar with his effort! Corner for Wellington. City survive barely!

      City 1
      Phoenix 0

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 7:18pm | ! Report

      82′ – Cahill is on for McCormack. The Socceroos legend replaces the Aston Villa man who scored a cracker to give City the lead.

      City 1
      Phoenix 0

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