We are down to the semi-finals of the Australian A-League as Western United takes on Melbourne Victory on Tuesday. Western United will host the first leg of this tie at AAMI Park. We have everything you should know about Western United vs Melbourne Victory, Kickoff Time, Team News, Probable Lineup, Prediction, and TV Coverage.
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Melbourne Victory qualified for the semi-finals directly by finishing 2nd in the table. On the other hand, Western United finished 3rd in the table and beat Wellington Phoenix to be eligible for the semi-finals.
When and Where is Western United vs. Melbourne Victory?
- Date: Tuesday, 17 May 2022
- Kickoff Time: 7:05 pm AEST (GMT+10), which is 9:05 am GMT
- Venue: AAMI Park, the home ground of Western United
Western United vs Melbourne Victory’s first leg is set to kick off at 7:05 pm AEST in the A-League semi-finals. It will be a home match for Western United at AAMI Park.
Melbourne Victory qualified for the semi-finals directly by finishing 2nd in the table. They gathered 48 points from 26 matches, 3 points ahead of Western United.
On the other hand, 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 have been in great form. They are unbeaten in their last 15 matches in the A-League with 9 wins and a draw.
They are coming fresh into this semi-final tie after a 1-4 goals massive win over Sydney FC. Nicholas D’Agostino, Jake Brimmer, Jason Gerria, and Brendan Hamill scored a goal for Melbourne Victory. This smashing win will give them a spiritual boost for their semi-final tie.
On the other hand, Western United have suffered a dip in form in recent weeks and finished 3rd in the table. They have lost 2, drawn 1, and won 2 of their last 5 matches in the A-League.
However, a 1-0 goal win over Wellington Phoenix in the Eliminator will give them confidence for this semi-final home leg against Melbourne Victory.
Western United will play in front of the home crowd where they haven’t lost their last 10 matches. Melbourne Victory will challenge them with their 15-match unbeaten run. On Tuesday, all these facts promise to feature a mouth-watering semi-final battle between Western United and Melbourne Victory.
Head to Head:
Western United and Melbourne Victory have gone head-to-head 9 times. Western United are leading by 4 wins against Melbourne’s 3.
However, the goal difference is 18-15 in favor of Melbourne Victory. They have won 2 and drawn 1 in their last 3 meetings in the A-League this season.
In March, the last meeting between the two sides ended in a 1-1 draw. Nikolai Topor-Stanley scored a goal early in the second half for Western United. Brendan Hamill pulled the goal back in the 85th minute for the home team to make it 1-1.
Western United vs. Melbourne Victory Probable Lineup:
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
On the other hand, Robbie Kruse is injured and 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
This semi-final first leg between Western United and Melbourne Victory will be a toe-to-toe battle. Western United are unbeaten in the last 10 home matches. On the other hand, Melbourne Victory are unbeaten in their previous 15 matches.
According to their recent forms, Melbourne Victory should be the favorite to win the first leg of this semi-final tie. Western United have been struggling in recent matches. They have won only 2 of their last 5.
Nonetheless, it should be challenging to beat Western United in front of their home fans. The semi-finals will be completely different regardless of their recent forms, as both teams will give their very best.
It is going to be a close match. Our experts predict that the semi-final first leg between Western United and Melbourne Victory should end in a 1-1 draw.
- Score Prediction: Western United 1-1 Melbourne Victory
When is the 2nd Leg of the Semi-Final?
Melbourne Victory will host the second leg of the semi-final against Western United on Saturday, 21 May 2022, at 5:15 pm AEST (GMT+10).
How to Watch Western United vs Melbourne Victory?
Fans can use Sky Sports, BT Sports, Channel 10, and other major channels to watch the Western United vs Melbourne Victory on TV.
Fans can use ESPN, 10 Play, Paramount Plus, and other online live streaming platforms to live stream the match.