A-League Preview: Macarthur FC vs Wellington Phoenix, key stats, line-ups, odds, prediction

Matt Derbyshire of Macarthur FC and Tim Payne of Wellington Phoenix-A League
Matt Derbyshire of Macarthur FC and Tim Payne of Wellington Phoenix-A League

Macarthur FC will play their last game of the A-League regular season when they welcome final series hopefuls Wellington Phoenix to Sydney this Friday.

Stadium: Campbelltown Stadium (Sydney)

Key Statistics

Macarthur FC have lost just one of their last eight games. They have failed to keep a clean sheet in those eight games.

Wellington Phoenix are now unbeaten in ten A-League games. They have drawn four of their last five away games (W1).

Macarthur FC 

Macarthur FC’s win 2-1 over Western United in their last outing confirmed their place in the Final Series in their first-ever season in the A-League. 

The hosts who spent the majority of the season in the top six have turned a decent debut season into a successful one.

They now enter the last game of the regular campaign, guaranteed more games as they seek to end the season on a historical note.

Ante Milicic’s side have won three of their last five fixtures and will fancy their chances of making it four wins in six games in this tie.

Possible line-ups 

Adam Federici; James Meredith, Mark Milligan, Aleksandar Jovanovic, Ivan Franjic; Benat Etxebarria, Denis Genreau; Moudi Najjar, Loic Puyo, Markel Susaeta; Matt Derbyshire.

Wellington Phoenix

Wellington Phoenix blew their chance of booking a place in the final series last time out as they drew 2-2 with Perth Glory despite opening the scoring and leading at one stage of the game.

With five places now confirmed in the final series, they still stand a chance of sneaking into the last remaining playoff position provided they win against Macarthur FC and Adelaide fail to win against WS Wanderers.

They head into this tie unbeaten in ten games but with one win in their last five away games. Ufuk Talay will now be hoping his team can record their second consecutive away win on Friday as they look to end a largely disappointing season on a high note.

Possible line-ups 

Oliver Sail; James McGarry, Steven Taylor, Tim Payne, Louis Fenton; Alex Rufer, Clayton Lewis, Reno Piscopo, David Ball; Tomer Hemed, Ben Waine.

Betting Odds

Macarthur FC : Draw : Wellington Phoenix :: 2.20 : 3.60 : 3.00

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Macarthur FC 2-1 Western Phoenix