The Best of the Day preview searches for the back of the net with A-League tips for a key Easter Monday showdown between Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne City FC.
19:10 (AEST) @ WIN Stadium, Wollongong
History: Played 30: Melbourne City 13 V Wellington 11 (6 Draws)
Last meeting: February 15, 2020: Wellington 1 d Melbourne City 0 at Westpac Stadium
Final thoughts: The Best of the Day preview breaks down Melbourne City’s bid to keep pace with the A-League front-runners when they travel to Wollongong to take on Wellington Phoenix.
— Melbourne City FC (@MelbourneCity) April 2, 2021
The Phoenix are 10th on the ladder with four wins and three draws from 14 games. But after chalking up three wins and a draw from their previous games, the Kiwi outfit lost their most recent outing 1-0 to Macarthur 1-0 at WIN Stadium.
Wellington have racked up 13 goals in their previous five games – including three to David Ball – before being held scoreless by the Bulls.
🔄 Here's our squad for tomorrow's #WELvMCY match against Melbourne City at WIN Stadium 🔥
⚫️🟡 | https://t.co/SAVRs4rhYc
— Wellington Phoenix (@WgtnPhoenixFC) April 4, 2021
Melbourne City surged up the standings via a six-match winning steak, scoring 20 goals in the process. But they were upset 2-1 by Western United on Thursday night.
Craig Noone scored City’s goal in the loss, his third in four games. Jamie Maclaren slotted nine goals during their winning run.
Craig Noone will be looking to continue his red-hot form on Monday night when we take on Wellington. 🔥
👀 We take a look at the stats behind he and Phoenix's Reno Piscopo performances so far this season. 🔢#CmonCity
— Melbourne City FC (@MelbourneCity) April 3, 2021
The Phoenix have won four of their last six against City. The lacraigst eight games between the teams were won by the home side.
Last season City won 3-2 in Melbourne and the Phoenix prevailed 1-0 in Wellington.
Despite their blip against Western United, Melbourne City can lay claim to being one of the A-League’s form teams – particularly attacking-wise. They shape as a solid Best of the Day option on Monday night.