Melbourne Victory will take on Western United in the 2nd leg of the Australian A-League semi-final on Saturday. We have everything you should know about Melbourne Victory vs Western United, Kickoff Time, Team News, Probable Lineup, Prediction, and TV Coverage.
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After winning the 1st leg by 0-1 goal over Western United, the Melbourne men lead the semi-final tie by 1-0 goal on aggregate. With no Away Goals rule around, a win or draw will send them to the Final. On the other hand, it is a must-win game for Western United for their survival. A win by a single goal margin for Western United will send the match into extra time.
When and Where is Melbourne Victory vs. Western United 2nd Leg?
The 2nd leg of the Australian A-League semi-final between Melbourne Victory and Western United will be held on Saturday, 21 May 2022. The kickoff time is 5:15 pm AEST (GMT+10).
Melbourne Victory will host the 2nd leg of the semi-final against Western United at AAMI Park Stadium. It will be a home match for the Victorians.
Melbourne Victory took on Western United in the 1st leg of the semi-final clash on Tuesday. The White and Blues bagged a 0-1 goal win over Western United in the away leg. Jake Brimmer found the back of the net in the 74th minute from outside of the box by a wonderful volly.
Melbourne Victory extends their unbeaten run to 16 matches in the A-League this season with the crucial away leg win in the semi-final. In contrast, Western United have been suffering a dip in their form in recent weeks. They have lost 3, drawn 1, and won 2 in their last 6 matches.
As there are no Away Goals rule around, a win or draw will send Melbourne Victory to the Final. On the other hand, it is a must-win game for Western United for their survival. A win by a single goal margin for Western United will send the match into extra time.
Melbourne Victory came into the semi-finals directly by finishing 2nd in the table. They gathered 48 points from 26 matches, 3 points ahead of Western United. Their semi-final opponent Western United had to go through to the Eliminator to qualify for the semi-finals as they finished 3rd in the table. They beat Wellington Phoenix by 1-0 for a spot in the semi-finals.
Melbourne Victory will start the 2nd leg of the semi-final tie as a clear favorite in front of the home crowd. The win in the first leg will give them a lot of confidence to seal the tie. On the other hand, Western United must give their best to edge over their opponent.
Head to Head:
Melbourne Victory and Western United have gone head-to-head 10 times, including the 1st leg clash. They are level on 4 wins each. The winner of the 2nd leg will take the lead in the head-to-head tally. The goal difference is 19-15 in favor of Melbourne Victory.
They have met 4 times this season in the A-League, in which Melbourne Victory remains unbeaten. The White and Blues have won 3 and drawn 1 in 4 matches this season in the A-League.
Melbourne Victory vs. Western United Team News and Probable Lineup:
Robbie Kruse is injured and will be unavailable for Melbourne Victory for the remainder of the season. Matt Action and Matt Spiranovic will be available for selection as they have recovered from injury.
Melbourne Victory Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Ivan Kelava; Jason Davidson, Brendan Hamill, Matthew Spiranovic, Jason Geria; Joshua Brilliante, Jay Barnett; Ben Folami, Jake Brimmer, Marco Rojas; Nicholas D’Agostino
Nikolai Topor-Stanley and Diamanti will be unavailable for Western United due to injury. The United boss John Aloisi has got an injury boost as Josh Risdon will be available for selection.
Western United Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Jamie Young; Ben Garuccio, Leo Lacroix, Josh Risdon, Tomoki Imai; Steven Lustica, Rene Krhin; Dylan Wenzel-Halls, Adisu Bayew, Lachlan Wales; Aleksandar Prijovic
Melbourne Victory have been the better side in the A-League this season. They are unbeaten in 16 matches in a row. Moreover, they beat Western United by 0-1 goal in the 1st leg of this semi-final tie. It means a draw in the 2nd leg will be enough for them to qualify for the Final. Again, among the 4 meetings this season in the A-League, Melbourne have 3 wins and 1 draw.
Hence, Melbourne Victory will be the clear favorite to go through to the Final and win the 2nd leg.
Western United will need to give their best to beat the home side in this match. They need to come back in winning ways, and it will be their last chance.
Surprise Sports experts predict that Melbourne Victory should go through to the Final by defeating Western United in the 2nd leg.
- Score Prediction: Melbourne Victory 2-1 Western United
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