In the A-League, Macarthur will play Wellington Phoenix, who finished fifth, at the Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Sunday. The hosts have lost their last four league games and lost their third game in a row, dropping a 6-1 decision to Melbourne City on Saturday.
With only one point from their last four league games, they remain in ninth place with 18 points in the table. The Wellington Phoenix have lost their last two league games and lost their first league game in five on Friday.
Oskar Zawada scored in the 13th minute, but Melbourne Victory battled back to win 3-1 in a comeback at home.
The hosts have lost three of their last four games, while Wellington has lost two of their last three. Both teams have struggled in recent contests. Even though both teams have struggled defensively this season.
Macarthur has kept two clean sheets in four of their last five games at home, and Wellington has kept two clean sheets in three of their last four games away. A draw may be the outcome given the two teams’ current form. A win for either team seems unlikely.
Prediction: Macarthur 1-1 Wellington Phoenix
Since their first meeting in 2021, the two teams have competed against each other seven times across all competitions. These matches have been close, with the visitors holding a 3-2 advantage in wins and two draws between the two teams.
There have been fewer than 2.5 goals scored in four of their seven meetings, though Wellington Phoenix prevailed 4-1 in the A-League matchup in November. Macarthur has scored in six of their seven A-League home games this season, while Wellington Phoenix has scored at least one goal in each of their away games.
In the A-League this season, only the 10th-placed Brisbane Roar have played more draws (seven) than the visitors, and only the last-placed Melbourne Victory have played more defeats (eight) than the hosts.
This season, both teams have struggled defensively, with the hosts having the league’s second-worst defensive record with 26 goals conceded and the visitors having 24 goals conceded.
Kearyn Baccus was suspended last weekend, but given how important he is to the team in the middle of the midfield, he could be back right away this time. Another player who has a chance of returning to the starting lineup is Moudi Najjar. His goal from the bench was one of the few positive aspects of the 6-1 defeat.
Zawada’s excellent attacking football and current form in front of the goal will ensure that the visitors keep him in the team. New defender Nikko Boxall, who will bring additional quality and defensive experience, may also get a chance to play for the Yellow Army.
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