Round 5 preview: Victory v Phoenix

Melbourne Victory returns to AAMI Park when it faces Wellington Phoenix in the Hyundai A-League on Sunday.

Summary

Victory is looking to bounce back after it suffered a 3-2 loss to Western United at Marvel Stadium in Round 4.

It has played three of its first four league games at home at Marvel Stadium, but is back at AAMI Park for the first time since August's FFA Cup clash against the Newcastle Jets.


Victory gave up a 2-0 lead against Western United after Ola Toivonen and Kristijan Dobras scored in the opening seven minutes.

Dobras assisted Toivonen's opener before the Swedish forward set up the Austrian, while Victory squandered second-half chances to score an equaliser.

Toivonen is already up to two goals and two assists in the opening four games of the campaign.

Victory is unbeaten in its past five meetings with Wellington, although three of those results have been draws.

The Phoenix are without a point through four matches this season, while Victory has collected four points in as many games.

Player in focus

Opta Widget: Donachie 1920

What they said

"We lost the game, we've lost a few games at home and it's not good enough for the standard that we want. It's a fighting reaction, it's to show the fans that we care and that we really do and it's to go out and win a home game and win a game of football. Like we touched on before, competing and making sure we're winning our battles. We scored a couple of great goals on the weekend and building on that and making sure we rectify some of the mistakes that we had." – Victory stalwart Leigh Broxham.

Last time

Hyundai A-League 2018/19 Elimination Final
Melbourne Victory 3-1 Wellington Phoenix
Friday, May 3, 2019
AAMI Park, Melbourne

Victory overcame Wellington in an entertaining Elimination Final last season.

Georg Niedermeier, Kosta Barbarouses and Toivonen scored for Victory, while Roy Krishna netted for Wellington before Michal Kopczynski was sent off late.

Opta Widget: Last time

As it stands

Opta Widget: HAL table

Head to head

Elimination Final, 2018/19: Victory 3-1 Phoenix at AAMI Park
Round 19, 2018/19: Phoenix 1-1 Victory at Eden Park
Round 14, 2018/19: Victory 3-3 Phoenix at AAMI Park
Round 10, 2018/19: Victory 1-1 Phoenix at AAMI Park
Round 26, 2017/18: Victory 2-1 Phoenix at AAMI Park

Opta Widget: H2H

Match details

Melbourne Victory v Wellington Phoenix
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Sunday, November 10, 2019
Kick-off: 4.00pm AEDT

Melbourne Victory squad: 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Corey BROWN, 4.James DONACHIE, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Kenny ATHIU, 8.Jakob POULSEN, 11.Ola TOIVONEN (c), 14.Thomas DENG, 16.Josh HOPE, 17.Elvis KAMSOBA, 18.Migjen BASHA, 19.Ben CARRIGAN, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 21.Adama TRAORE, 22.Kristijan DOBRAS, 24.Anthony LESIOTIS, 25.Brandon LAUTON, 30.Matthew SUTTON (gk), 50.Brendan WHITE (gk)
**2-3 to be omitted**

Ins: 30.Matthew SUTTON (gk) (promoted)
Outs:
Unavailable: 1.Matt ACTON (shoulder), 5.Tim HOOGLAND (quad), 9.Andrew NABBOUT (hamstring), 10.Robbie KRUSE (hamstring), 13.Birkan KIRDAR (international duty), 26.Jay BARNETT (international duty)

Squad goals