Phoenix talking up their chances in Melbourne


Wellington Phoenix believe they have what it takes to upset Melbourne City on Sunday despite having a poor record in Victoria’s capital.

Phoenix have won just two of 23 games in Melbourne in their history and were crushed 6-1 at Etihad Stadium by Melbourne Victory earlier this season.

But Wellington goalkeeper Glen Moss reckons his team showed enough in their 1-0 loss to City in the opening round of 2016/17 Season to suggest they can shock Bruno Fornaroli and Co. at AAMI Park this week.

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City had to hold on at Westpac Stadium on October 8 after losing goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen to a red card with over 30 minutes remaining but Phoenix were unable to get past replacement gloveman Dean Bouzanis.

Melbourne City players celebrate Anthony Caceres' opener against the Phoenix.

“We had them Round 1 and I thought we were unlucky not to get a bit more out of that game,” Moss said on Tuesday. 

“So we look back at that one and thought it’s definitely a side we can go over there and get points off.”

Phoenix head into Round 8 in eighth position in the A-League but having won their past two matches, while City sit second, seven points ahead of Wellington.

The Kiwi club didn’t play last week after Westpac Stadium was damaged by the earthquakes that struck New Zealand’s South Island.

Having had a weekend off and with their form improving, Wellington are planning to push up the table, according to Kosta Barbarouses.

Kosta Barbarouses - Phoenix

“It’s not like we were playing badly [in the first four rounds] or we were getting beaten badly – apart from one game – and I think we showed our quality over the last couple of weeks… I think we can really kick-on from here,” the winger said.