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City at short odds to continue stronghold over Phoenix

Sat, Nov 26, 10:52am by Jake Equid

Preview: A-League Round Eight: Melbourne City v Wellington Phoenix

Date and Time: Sunday, November 27, 5:00pm

Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne

TV: Live on Fox Sports

The Wellington Phoenix will be looking to make it three wins in a row when they visit Melbourne’s AAMI Park on Sunday, but they’ll need to go to another level against a team they’ve struggled against in recent times.

City have been around the $1.50 mark all week to fifth match from eight starts. There has been no money for the visitors who have drifted even further from $5.75 to $6. The draw has also drifted slightly from $4.20 to $4.45.

City were held to a 1-1 draw away to Western Sydney Wanderers last week, while Phoenix didn’t play as the earthquakes that struck New Zealand’s South Island forced their game versus Melbourne Victory to be postponed.

The home side are currently second on the ladder but are yet to return to the lofty heights of the scintillating 4-1 derby win in round two.

Since that 4-1 demolition job, City have won twice, lost twice and drawn once but in a big boost, marquee midfielder Nicolas Colazo is back in City’s squad having not played since that derby win at Etihad Stadium due to an ear injury.

Wellington have also released some positive selection news, with coach Ernie Merrick recalling a quartet of All Whites – Glen Moss, Kosta Barbarouses, Andrew Durante and Louis Fenton – and Adam Parkhouse is also back after a stint out through injury.

The ‘Nix’ started the season poorly, with four straight defeats but have since managed to regroup with consecutive wins against both the Jets and the Mariners.

City are a different prospect, however, with John van ‘t Schip’s side having won four of their past five meetings with Phoenix, including a 1-0 triumph in Wellington in the opening round.

I’m backing City to continue to have the answers in this fixture.

Suggested Bet: City to win: $1.50

Sportsbet Market:

Match

Melbourne City $1.50

Wellington Phoenix $6

Draw $4.45

Over/Under
Under (2.5 Goals) $2.45
Over (2.5 Goals) $1.51

HT/FT Double 
Melbourne City / Melbourne City $2.25
Melbourne City / Draw $15

Melbourne City / Wellington Phoenix $46

Draw/ Melbourne City $4.50

Draw/ Draw $6.50

Draw/ Wellington Phoenix $12

Wellington Phoenix / Melbourne City $18

Wellington Phoenix / Draw $15

Wellington Phoenix / Wellington Phoenix $11

First Goalscorer

B Fornaroli $4.00

No Goalscorer $14.00

R Krishna $8.00

T Cahill $6.00

H Watson $13.00

N Colazo $8.50

K Barbarouses $13.00

N Fitzgerald $10.00

J McGarry $15.00

F Brandan $10.00

G Finkler $15.00

B Kamau $11.00

R Bonevacia $17.00

L Brattan $11.00

L Fenton $19.00

N Kilkenny $15.00

A Rufer $21.00

A Caceres $15.00

A Parkhouse $23.00

M Jakobsen $21.00

A Gorrin $23.00

J Rose $26.00

M Ridenton $34.00

O Malik $26.00

R Lowry $41.00

P Retre $26.00

Ma Rossi $41.00

M Muscat $34.00

J Tratt $41.00

C Chapman $34.00

V Lia $51.00

I Franjic $41.00

A Durante $67.00

Odds sourced from Sportsbet and were correct at time of publishing


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