Victory has won its last four against Wellington. Image courtesy of theaustralian.com.au/Getty Images
Victory missed out on a golden opportunity to put space between third place and the chasing pack on New Year’s Day, but a brace of stunning Shinji Ono goals put paid to those thoughts as Western Sydney toppled Melbourne 2-1 at Parramatta Stadium.
The news didn’t get any better during the week with scans showing Gui Finkler has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and will spend the next year on the sidelines. It’s shocking news for the Brazilian and his club, but Victory will have to re-focus quickly with a showdown against Wellington coming up on Saturday night at AAMI Park.
Phoenix is also a last-start loser, having gone down 2-1 to Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium. Wellington also has plenty of injury problems with Leo Bertos and Alex Smith both copping nasty knocks to the face against Roar. Thankfully for the Kiwis Jeremy Brockie remains fit and firing, and his stunning strike against Brisbane was his ninth goal in his last 10 starts They’ve sorely needed his attacking brilliance in the absence of Paul Ifill.
Victory won the teams’ previous encounter this season 3-2 , and the Melbourne side has won the past four clashes. In all four of those games there have been over 2.5 goals . So far this campaign Victory has scored in every one of its home matches, and they’ve conceded a goal in six of seven. Wellington has scored in each of its away fixtures and the Phoenix have found the back of the net in each of their last eight starts .
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