Melbourne Victory vs. Wellington Phoenix – A-League, February 24, 2021
The bottom two in the A-League meet on Wednesday, February 24, with last-place Melbourne Victory hosting Wellington at AAMI Park.
Both sides have picked up just one win from their opening seven games this season, although the Nix managed to secure a hard-fought draw with the Wanderers on Sunday.
After checking out the odds, I will provide my Melbourne Victory vs. Wellington Phoenix prediction and betting pick.
Melbourne Victory vs. Wellington Phoenix Odds
As you can see, oddmakers can’t seem to separate these two teams, with the odds for both the home and away win evenly priced here. Could the draw (3.45) be the way to go?
Melbourne Victory (2.60) currently sits one point below Wellington Phoenix (2.60) on the A-League ladder, so there really is very little between the sides at the moment.
Melbourne Victory vs. Wellington Phoenix Preview
Melbourne Victory appeared to have turned a corner not so long ago. A win over Perth Glory and a draw with Western United pointed towards an upturn in form, yet the team’s performances have gone downhill again lately.
Indeed, a three-game losing streak has kept the Boys in Blue rooted to the foot of the A-League standings, with just four points to their name.
Victory’s wretched run began with a 5-2 thrashing at the hands of Brisbane Roar before a 2-0 loss came against WSW. Despite creating plenty of goalscoring opportunities on Sunday, Victory was beaten 1-0 by Newcastle.
Not only do Grant Brebner’s men have the second-worst defensive record in the A-League, but they are also the lowest scorers this season. It goes without saying that Victory must improve dramatically at both ends of the pitch.
In fairness, the Boys in Blue have struggled with injuries recently. But that doesn’t explain why they are bottom of the table right now.
On the topic of injuries, Wellington has suffered multiple setbacks of late. Most notably, center-back Luke DeVere is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to a serious knee problem.
However, the Nix showed great spirit to secure a 2-2 draw with the Wanderers last time out.
Despite only seeing 40% possession and facing 24 shots on Sunday, Ufuk Talay’s men dug deep. Mirza Muratovic gave the New Zealanders an unexpected early lead, yet two second-half goals saw WSW go ahead.
Wellington appeared to be heading for a third straight defeat, but Louis Fenton earned his side a vital point late on.
Still, there is no hiding from the fact that the Kiwis have only won one of their seven matches this season. If things don’t improve quickly, Talay’s men could find themselves in even more danger.
Melbourne Victory vs. Wellington Phoenix Prediction and Pick
You don’t need me to tell you that both teams will be desperate to claim all three points on Wednesday. However, both sides will also be eager to escape defeat to avoid becoming cut adrift at the bottom of the ladder.
With that in mind, I can see this one ending level. Neither team has shown a great deal of attacking intent so far this season, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Wednesday’s matchup produces a low-scoring draw.