Melbourne City vs Western United
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Melbourne City and Western United will lock horns in the A-League Grand Final 2022 on Saturday at AAMI Park to bring home the title. Here we have everything about Melbourne City vs Western United, start time, when and where to watch, team news, lineup, and prediction.

The defending Champions Melbourne City will play in the home ground to secure their second consecutive title in the A-League against Western United.

When and Where is Melbourne City vs Western United?

Melbourne City will take on Western United in the Australian A-League Grand Final 2022 on Saturday, at AAMI Park Stadium. It is the home ground of Melbourne City which has 30,050 capacity.

The match will go underway at 9:45 am GMT, which is 10:45 am BST, and 7:45 pm AEST (GMT+10) on Saturday, 28 May 2022.

Match Preview:

Melbourne City, the defending Champions of the A-League, will go head-to-head against Western United in the A-League Grand Final 2022. They will go all guns blazing to secure their second consecutive title.

The Melbourne side have been the most consistent team in the A-League this season. They finished at the top of the table, qualifying directly for the Final Series. They beat Adelaide United by 2-1 goals on aggregate in a two-legged semi-final to qualify for the Grand Final.

Melbourne played Adelaide United for a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their semi-final tie. In the 2nd leg at AAMI Park, Melbourne secured a 2-1 goals victory in extra time in an exciting match. They came from a goal behind to make it 1-1 in the 74th minute with Marco Tilio’s excellent equaliser. Jamie Maclaren, the top scorer of the A-League this season, scored his 16th goal early into extra time to lead his team safely over the line.

Melbourne City are undefeated in their last 3 matches, which would give them a lot more confidence in the Grand Final.

Western United are fairly dominant in the A-League season 2021-2022. Most importantly, they have delivered when it mattered the most. The Black and Greens finished 3rd in the table in the playoffs zone. They beat Wellington Phoenix by 1-0 goal in the playoffs to qualify for the Final Series.

In the first leg of their semi-final match, Western United suffered a 1-0 goal defeat against Melbourne Victory. In the 2nd leg, the Black and Greens demolished their opponent by 1-4 goals for a place in the Grand Final. Aleksandar Prijovic scored a brace, and Lachlan Wales and Dylan Wenzel-Halls scored a goal each for Western United.

The 1-4 goals huge win over Melbourne Victory would boost their confidence in the Grand Final.

Team News and Probable Lineup:

Florin Berenguer and Aiden O’Neill are injured. They will be unavailable in the final for Melbourne City.

Melbourne City Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Tom Glover; Scott Jamieson, Curtis Good, Nuno Reis, Carl Jenkinson; Connor Metcalfe, Florin Berenguer-Bohrer, Taras Gomulka; Mathew Leckie, Jamie Maclaren, Andrew Nabbout

Steven Lustica got a knock in the last match against Melbourne Victory. He will be doubtful for this important final. Moreover, Nikolai Topor-Stanley and Alessandro Diamanti are long term absentees due to injury and will miss the final.

Western United Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Jamie Young; Ben Garuccio, Leo Lacroix, Josh Risdon, Tomoki Imai; Jerry Skotadis, Neil Kilkenny; Dylan Wenzel-Halls, Adisu Bayew, Lachlan Wales; Aleksandar Prijovic

Key Players To Watch:

Jamie Maclaren, the top goal scorer and the golden boot winner in the A-League this season with 16 goals so far, will be the most crucial man on pitch for Melbourne City. His lethal finishing would be a major problem for the Black and Greens.

Mathew Leckie, the second highest scorer for Melbourne City with 9 goals, may come in handy up the left flank. Andrew Nabbout will be another crucial player up front for Melbourne City. He has provided 8 assists so far.

On the other hand, Aleksandar Prijovic will be the key man for Western United. He has scored 12 goals in the A-League this season, the 3rd highest. Benjamin Garuccio can be a great threat for the Melbourne side. This full-back has 6 assists under his belt.

Head to Head:

Western United can draw confidence from their recent head-to-head meetings with Melbourne City. In the last 5 matches, Western United have won 3, and drawn 1. On the other hand, Melbourne City have only 1 win in the last 5 matches.

Western United have scored 7 against Melbourne’s 5 in the last 5 matches. The Melbourne side haven’t kept any clean sheet, while Western United have kept 2 clean sheets in those matches.

The last meeting between Western United and Melbourne City ended in a 2-2 goals draw in March. Western United took a 2-goal lead inside 30 minutes with Leo Lacroix and Rene Krhin scoring a goal each. Melbourne City pulled two back to make it 2-2. Connor Metcalfe and Jamie Maclaren scored a goal each to equalise.

Melbourne City vs Western United Prediction:

The A-League Grand Final 2022 is sure to feature an exciting match between the two finest teams. The defending Champions Melbourne City will be the favourite to win the final in front of home crowd.

Moreover, Melbourne City are the most consistent team in the A-League this season. They have reached the Final and it is only a win away to grab their second title in two years.

Nonetheless, Western United showed in the 2nd leg of the semi-final against Melbourne Victory that you cannot simply write them off. They demolished Melbourne Victory by 1-4 goals to reach the Grand Final.

On top of that, the recent meetings are in favor of the Black and Greens. Western United are undefeated in their last 4 matches against Melbourne City, winning 3 and drawing 1.

All these stats promise a mouth-watering clash between Melbourne City and Western United in the A-League Grand Final 2022.

Surprise Sports experts pick Melbourne City to secure a narrow win in the final. We predict Melbourne City should win by 1-0 goal over Western United to lift their second consecutive title.

  • Score Prediction: Melbourne City 1-0 Western United

How to Watch Melbourne City vs Western United on Channel 10 Online?

Fans can use Sky Sports, BT Sports, Channel 10 and all the other major channels to watch the Melbourne City vs Western United final match.

To live stream the match, fans can use ESPN, 10 Play, Paramount Plus, bet365 and other online live streaming platforms. The kickoff time is 9:45 am GMT, which is 5:45 am ET, 10:45 am BST, and 7:45 pm AEST on Saturday, 28 May 2022.

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