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Melbourne Victory and Wellington Phoenix were forced to split the points after a 1-all draw on Sunday afternoon, neither club able to secure the breakthrough win they crave.
Melbourne Victory 1
Wellington Phoenix 1
With the hosts Melbourne Victory clinging onto a spot in the top six, they welcome the bottom of the league Wellington Phoenix to AAMI Park for the Sunday afternoon fixture. Join The Roar from 4pm (AEDT) for live scores and blog of the game.
It goes without saying that for Melbourne Victory, hosting the winless, and pointless, Phoenix, a win today is an absolute must.
The Victory need to do more than just win though, they need to make a statement, given they have just the single win so far, and have deceived to flatter in a faltering start to this season.
And last week’s loss to the newcomers would have stung, particularly having lost after taking a two-goal lead, a lead from which the Victory have never previously lost before.
Melbourne is still very much a team that is learning to gel again, with the off-season departures of Barbarouses, Honda and Troisi, and under the leadership of Marco Kurz, the signs are there that the team is coming together.
Ola Toivonen is leading well up front, but what Kurz will be hoping for primarily is a clean sheet, having conceded three relatively loose goals against United.
With a tightened defence, Victory should have no issues getting the job done.
As for Wellington, well, the start to the season just could not be more disastrous.
Four games, four losses, and sure, the Nix are looking competitive, but being competitive may well get you to the finish line, but you need that belief to get you across it, and the problem for Ufuk Talay is that the longer this season goes on, the harder than belief will be to find.
Talay has brought back in McGing, Devlin, and Cacace, some quality that this team desperately needs for that winning edge, but whether those additions are enough to get any result away to a fired up Melbourne opponent is anyone’s guess.
Much like the Victory, the big issue for Wellington is that defence, leaking 8 soft goals thus far, the equal worst in the league going into the game.
Talay will be hoping that the likes of Steven Taylor can start stepping up and filling that giant hole at the back that Andrew Durante has ended up leaving.
Working against Talay even more so is that his team are on a six game losing streak away from home at the moment, so it really is all uphill for the New Zealand side.
Ultimately, this should be a regulation win for the Victory, and they will be hoping that not only will it be regulation, but emphatic, and just the kick-start their season needs.
Melbourne Victory 3, Wellington Phoenix 1.
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When: Sunday, November 10 2019, 4.00pm AEDT
Where: AAMI Park, Melbourne
TV: FOX Sports 505, MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
Referee: Adam Kersey
Assistant Referee 1: Nathan MacDonald
Assistant Referee 2: George Lakrindis
Fourth Official: Alex King
VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones
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).
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.