Melbourne City v Wellington Phoenix - Match preview and betting tips 


If there is one game that should, on paper, be the easiest to predict, it is this one, but recent form of City does temper enthusiasm somewhat to dive in. They should still get the job done against a Phoenix side that are in disarray and 6 points adrift at the bottom of the A-League ladder

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A-League prediction - Who will win between Melbourne City and Wellington Phoenix on 6th January?

It is almost unthinkable that Melbourne City would be coming into this game looking to avoid defeat for the fourth consecutive game. (Have they picked up a point since Tim Cahill departed?) but it is the reality of the situation. City fans will be thankful that it is Wellington Phoenix coming to town then, having only picked up 7 points this season, winless in 6 and the only points picked up in that run against Brisbane and Central Coast

Even at 1.57 one would have to consider the home win a good opportunity to get a small return on stakes.

Wellington have only one hope of getting anything from the game, and that is by scoring a goal, something they have not done, away from NZ for  480 minutes!! The final 30 of the defeat to Sydney and in five subsequent away games

Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets Betting Odds

Melbourne City $1.57
Draw $4.25
Wellington Phoenix $6.00

Goals Betting

Over 2.50 goals pays only 1.60, and given the price of City home win being virtually the same, I feel there is no value in that price whatsoever. If we think Phoenix will fail to score again, BTTS NO comes in at $2.25, but again with Melbourne City to win to nil at odds of $3.00, the latter looks by far the better option.

Goalscorer Betting

Ross McCormack is priced up at a very meagre $3.50 to score first in the game, it is very very short, there looks to be very little option otherwise, and unless you personally fancy Phoenix breaking the scoring duck and netting first to boot, then Kaludjerovic would be the option for Phoenix, but at $8.00, I would be looking for that price for Wellington to score first regardless.

Melbourne City Hyundai A-league Stats:

  • Lost last three games
  • Won 4 of the last 5 games against Phoenix, home and away
  • Scored no more than once in the last 4 games

Wellington Phoenix Hyundai A-League Stats:

  • Picked up just 2pts from the last possible 18
  • Not scored in last 5 away games
  • Conceded no more than 1 goal in 4 of the last 5 away matches
KEY STAT: City have won the last 4 meetings between the sides

A-League Betting Prediction: 

Melbourne City to win to Nil $3.00
Under 2.50 Goals $2.40