Macarthur FC vs. Adelaide United Betting Preview – A-League, February 12, 2021

| February 9, 2021 9:20 am PDT

Macarthur continued to make a promising start to their maiden A-League campaign by seeing off in-form Brisbane Roar on Tuesday, moving up to third on the ladder in the process.

Next up, the Bulls host Adelaide United on Friday, February 12. The Reds have lost three of their last four games, making the home side the favorite claim all three points at Campbelltown Stadium.

After checking out the bookmakers’ odds, I share my Macarthur FC vs. Adelaide United prediction and betting pick.

Macarthur FC vs. Adelaide United Odds

Macarthur FC to Win2.10
The Draw3.35
Adelaide United to Win3.45

Macarthur (2.10) currently holds a four-point lead over Adelaide (3.45), although the Reds do have a game in hand over the Bulls.

It is slightly surprising that the leading online soccer betting sites are favoring the A-League newcomers to win this matchup, but that is a testament to Macarthur’s solid start to the season.

Macarthur FC vs. Adelaide United Match Analysis

Given that Macarthur has only lost two of their first seven games as an A-League outfit, I believe Ante Milicic’s men must be given huge credit for their effort so far this term.

Of course, there is plenty of room for improvement. But having already beaten Western Sydney Wanderers, Newcastle Jets, and Brisbane Roar, the early signs are certainly promising.

The Bulls notched up their second clean sheet of the season by beating the Roar 0-2 on Tuesday. Despite facing a barrage of shots from the hosts, late second-half goals from youngster Denis Genreau and veteran Matt Derbyshire saw the newcomers claim all three points in Queensland.

Milicic’s men now find themselves just four points behind early frontrunners Central Coast Mariners. If they can beat Adelaide on Friday, they will put even more pressure on the leaders before the weekend’s action gets underway.

Adelaide enjoyed a strong start to the 2020/21 campaign, drawing with Western United before beating Melbourne City 2-0. But since then, things haven’t exactly been going to plan.

The Reds were trashed 5-3 by Perth Glory in their next match before returning to winning ways against Melbourne Victory. However, back-to-back defeats have since seen the South Australians slide down the standings.

Alarmingly, Carl Veart’s men have already conceded ten goals in six games this term. Only one team – Perth Glory – currently has a poorer defensive record in the A-League.

Last time out, Adelaide threw away a 1-0 lead to eventually lose 2-1 to the Glory. But having finished the game with just 37% possession, George Timotheou’s late own didn’t really come as a big surprise.

The Reds will be eager to get back on track against Macarthur, but I think that will be easier said than done.

Macarthur FC vs. Adelaide United Pick

Pick
  • Macarthur FC to Win
    2.10

Following a promising start to the season, Adelaide’s performances have taken a turn for the worse in recent weeks. A run of three defeats in four games underlines the Reds’ struggles, and I’m expecting their woes to continue on Friday.

On the flip side, Macarthur seems to be growing into their maiden top-flight campaign. It feels like the team is becoming more cohesive with every passing game, so I’m backing the Bulls to secure back-to-back A-League wins for the very first time.

Ben Morris
Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

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