Foot Predictions shows the Australian A-League clash on Saturday between Western United and Macarthur, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Western United will aim to start the season by welcoming new boys Macarthur to Mars Stadium on Saturday.
The hosts have been fighting for results so far and are tenth in the A-League table, while Macarthur is after a three-game unbeaten run and has moved up to second place in recent weeks.
Due to several game markings, Western United have played just five games this season, three fewer than their visitors, who have already played eight games.
However, the team faltered in those five games and reached tenth place in the league standings, after adding just five points with two draws and two defeats.
His only victory came in a goal-scoring clash with Perth Glory in January, where Victor Sanchez, Steven Lustica, Tomoki Imai and Dylan Pierias found the bottom of the net in the 5-4 win at GMHBA Stadium
A particularly low point of Western United’s poor performance this season was their 3-2 loss to the Central Coast Mariners last time.
Goals Tomislav Uskok and Besart Berisha helped Mark RudanThe Mariners’ men maintain the lead for most of the game, but a double quick shot from the Mariners Alou Kuol saw the league leaders steal all three points.
Macarthur, meanwhile, had an exciting start to their debut campaign in the A-League, as they occupy second place on the leaderboard with 14 points from eight games.
Ante MilicicThe team, which at the moment is scoring without goals, is undefeated in the last three games and has kept two games without conceding goals in that period.
A 2-2 draw with Western Sydney Wanderers was followed by an impressive 2-0 victory over Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium, before sealing an emphatic 4-0 victory over Adelaide United last time.
34-year-old forward Matt Derbyshire has been in excellent form as a scorer, hitting the goal five times in the last five matches.
This will be the first meeting between Western United and Macarthur after the cancellation of the first game scheduled for January.
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Western United will be without the services of the midfielder Joshua Risdon, which was removed because of a broken tibia.
Seb Pasquali he is also in doubt for this tie, as he is recovering from a hip injury last year.
On the other hand, Milicic has the luxury of a fully prepared team and we expect the 46-year-old to name his strongest XI starter.
Matt Derbyshire has been a star in the A-League, as he leads the scoring table with five goals, and we hope he will lead the visitors’ attack on Saturday.
Possible initial line-up for Western United:
Kurto; Calver, Durante, Vujica; Uskok, Sanchez, Lustica, Imai; Burgess, Diamanti, Berisha
Possible initial Macarthur lineup:
Federici; Meredith, Milligan, Jovanovic, Franjic; Etxebarria, Genreau; Najjar, Puyo, Susaeta; Derbyshire
Probability: Western United 2-2 Macarthur
Western United and Macarthur are tied on paper and, although there is a difference of nine points between them, it is important to note that the hosts played three games less than the visitors. Rudan’s men need to start scoring points after a slow start to the season, but face a Macarthur in good form, who has been undefeated for three games.