Round 23 preview: Phoenix v Victory


Melbourne Victory makes the trip to Wellington to face the Phoenix in the Hyundai A-League on Sunday.


Victory heads to Sky Stadium on the back of a 4-1 loss to Sydney FC which marked its first defeat in three league games.

Marco Rojas opened the scoring for Victory at Marvel Stadium with a fine individual effort, before it was beaten.

Rojas’ goal was his second in as many games before the star attacker suffered an ankle injury in the second half.

Making matters worse for Victory, defender Tim Hoogland was sent off late and is serving a one-match suspension.

It will also be without Giancarlo Gallifuoco for the trip to Wellington after the defender picked up his fifth yellow card of the Hyundai A-League season.

Victory is unbeaten in its past seven meetings with the Phoenix, although five of those have been draws.

With six games remaining in its regular season, Victory is seven points behind sixth-placed Western United.

Player in focus

Last time

Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Round 10
Melbourne Victory 0-0 Wellington Phoenix
Saturday, December 14, 2019
AAMI Park, Melbourne

The teams were unable to be separated when they met before Christmas.

Victory had Kristijan Dobras sent off on the hour-mark in the goalless draw.

As it stands

Head to head

Round 10, 2019/20: Victory 0-0 Phoenix at AAMI Park
Round 5, 2019/20: Victory 1-1 Phoenix at AAMI Park
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

Match details

Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory
Sky Stadium, Wellington
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Kick-off: 4.20pm AEDT

Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Matt ACTON (gk), 2.Storm ROUX, 4.James DONACHIE, 6. Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Kenny ATHIU, 8.Jakob POULSEN, 9.Andrew NABBOUT, 11.Ola TOIVONEN (c), 13. Birkan KIRDAR, 16.Josh HOPE, 17.Elvis KAMSOBA, 18.Migjen BASHA, 19.Ben CARRIGAN, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 23.Marco ROJAS, 24.Anthony LESIOTIS, 25.Brandon LAUTON, 31.Aaron ANDERSON, 38.So NISHIKAWA, 43.Luis LAWRIE-LATTANZIO
**2-3 to be omitted**

 Ins: 31.Aaron ANDERSON (promoted), 43.Luis LAWRIE-LATTANZIO (promoted)
Outs: 5.Tim HOOGLAND (suspended), 15.Giancarlo GALLIFUOCO (suspended)
Unavailable: 10.Robbie KRUSE (hamstring), 21.Adama TRAORE (hamstring), 26.Jay BARNETT (leg)

Leigh Broxham squad