Macarthur FC vs. Western Sydney Wanderers – A-League, February 6, 2021
One of the A-League’s newest rivalries will reignite on Saturday, February 6, when Macarthur hosts WSW at Campbelltown Stadium.
The newcomers have made a solid start to life in the top flight, although the Wanderers currently find themselves one point ahead of their latest adversaries.
After discussing the bookies’ odds, I provide my Macarthur FC vs. Western Sydney Wanderers prediction and betting pick.
Macarthur FC vs. Western Sydney Wanderers Odds
As you can see, 10bet is favoring Macarthur (2.20) to win this one. But the high price for the home win points towards a tricky test for the Bulls.
Given that the Wanderers (3.10) are currently enjoying a four-game unbeaten streak, the odds for the away win look very tempting here. Even the price for the draw (3.40) stands out.
Macarthur FC vs. Western Sydney Wanderers Preview
The Bulls won their first-ever A-League match against WSW back in December, with a Mark Milligan goal handing Ante Milicic’s men a winning start to their maiden campaign.
Despite playing away from home on that occasion, Macarthur dominated possession and racked up 20 shots against the Wanderers, making them worthy winners.
However, it hasn’t all been straightforward in recent weeks. The Bulls have only managed to win one of their four games since then, with last weekend’s 3-0 loss to Sydney FC putting them firmly in their place.
After being sent off with just 21 minutes on the clock, Milligan went from hero to villain last time out. The Socceroo veteran left his side with far too much work to do against the defending champions, and the newcomers eventually crumbled.
Having netted just four goals in five outings, Milicic’s men are the second-lowest scorers in the division. Needless to say, striker Matt Derbyshire will be expected to add to his one-goal tally before too long.
The Wanderers bounced back from their opening-day defeat by stringing together an impressive four-game unbeaten streak throughout January.
Victories over the Jets and Central Coast Mariners, along with draws against Sydney FC and Newcastle, have seen Carl Robinson’s men keep pace with the early frontrunners.
The team has struggled slightly to score goals this term, yet WSW’s backline has been extremely solid up to now. Indeed, the Wanderers have only conceded four times in 2020/21, leaving them with the second-best defensive record in the league.
Robinson’s side appears to have a nice balance at the moment. With Graham Dorrans anchoring the midfield, James Troisi sitting just behind the front two, and Bernie Ibini-Isei and Nicolai Muller leading the line, the Wanderers are looking strong this term.
It feels like a lot has changed since WSW faced Macarthur back in December.
Macarthur FC vs. Western Sydney Wanderers Prediction and Pick
Western Sydney Wanderers to Win3.10
In my opinion, the big price for the away win is too good to miss here. The Wanderers are enjoying a strong run at the moment, so I can see them claiming all three points on Saturday.
The Bulls will be without the suspended Milligan this weekend, making their task even harder. If the Wanderers can exploit Macarthur’s backline, they should be able to come away from Campbelltown Stadium with the win.