Ebene News – GB – Preview: Western Utd vs Macarthur – predictions, team news, line-ups

Western United will look to kick off their season by welcoming the new Macarthur boys to Mars Stadium on Saturday

The hosts have struggled to deliver results so far and are 10th in the A-League table, while Macarthur is on the back of a three-game unbeaten streak and moved up to second place in recent weeks

Due to the postponement of several fixtures, Western United have only played five games this season, three less than their visitors, who have already played eight games

However, they failed in those five matches and find themselves 10th in the league table after collecting just five points with two draws and two losses.

Their only victory came in a goal-riddled clash with Perth Glory in January, where Victor Sanchez, Steven Lustica, Tomoki Imai and Dylan Pierias found the back of the net in a 5-4 victory at the stadium GMHBA

The 3-2 loss to the Central Coast Mariners last time was a low point in Western United’s performance

Goals from Tomislav Uskok and Besart Berisha helped Mark Rudan’s men hold the lead for most of the game, but a quick brace from Mariners’ Alou Kuol saw the league leaders steal all three points

Macarthur, meanwhile, got off to a flying start to his first A-League campaign as he sits second in the table with 14 points in eight games.

Ante Milicic’s side, who currently score one free goal, have gone undefeated in their last three games and kept two clean sheets during that span

A 2-2 draw with Western Sydney Wanderers was followed by an impressive 2-0 win over Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium, before sealing an outright 4-0 win over Adelaide United last time around

Thirty-four-year-old forward Matt Derbyshire has been in excellent scoring form, finding the back of the net five times in his last five outings

This will be Western United’s first ever meeting with Macarthur after the cancellation of the first game scheduled for January

Western United will be deprived of the services of midfielder Joshua Risdon, who was sidelined with a broken shin

Seb Pasquali is also a doubt for this tie as he recovers from a hip injury at the end of last year

On the other hand, Milicic has the luxury of a fully fit squad, and we’d expect the 46-year-old to name his strongest starting XI

Matt Derbyshire has been a star player in the A-League as he tops the scoreboard with five goals, and we expect him to spearhead the visitors’ attack Saturday

Western United and Macarthur are tied on paper, and while there is a huge nine-point gap between them, it’s worth noting that the hosts have played three games less than the visitors. Rudan’s men need to start racking up points after their slow start to the season, but they face a fit Macarthur side who are undefeated in three games

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