Macarthur FC vs. Western United – A-League, Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Just two points separate second-place Western United and fifth-place Macarthur FC as the A-League’s newest teams prepare to do battle in Campbelltown this Tuesday, February 1. It is worth noting, however, that Macarthur has two games in hand over Western.
The Bulls have lost just one of their six outings this season, picking up four wins and a draw along the way. On the flip side, John Aloisi’s men have won five of their eight matches – registering three defeats in the process.
If you’re looking for my Macarthur FC vs. Western United prediction, you will find it at the end of this post. Before we get there, though, let’s check out the odds for Tuesday’s clash and take a closer look at the teams.
Macarthur FC vs. Western United Odds
With the home-field advantage on their side, the Bulls are favored to win this one. But only just. As you can see, the top A-League betting sites believe there is very little to separate these two sides.
In light of this, I have also included a couple of goal-based wagers to consider here. The bookmakers’ odds suggest that this will be a tight clash, so it could be worth steering clear of the moneylines and exploring other avenues.
Can Macarthur Leapfrog Western United?
Due to multiple COVID-19 postponements, the Bulls haven’t played a competitive match since Boxing Day. Needless to say, they are well-rested. But they could also be rusty when they return to action for the first time in over a month.
Ante Milicic’s men lost their previous game, suffering a 3-0 defeat to Sydney FC. However, that remains their sole loss this season.
Having seen off Sydney FC, Central Coast, and Western Sydney without conceding a single goal, they came from behind to beat Newcastle. That means they have taken 13 points from a possible 18 this season.
Despite having played four fewer games than sixth-place Sydney FC, the Bulls sit fifth on the ladder. In fact, they have played fewer games than nine of their 11 A-League rivals.
Milicic’s men will move to the summit of the standings if they claim all three points on Tuesday. They may have endured a testing start to the season, but they find themselves in a seriously strong position.
Will Western Move to the Top of the Ladder?
Holding a two-point lead over Macarthur, Western only requires a draw to snatch top spot on Tuesday. They sit level with first-place Melbourne Victory on 15 points, having won five of their eight outings this season.
The Green & Black head into Tuesday’s clash on the back of an impressive 1-0 win over Melbourne City. Despite having seen just 41% possession on Saturday, they secured the victory thanks to Steven Lustica’s second-half strike.
It goes without saying that Aloisi’s men don’t score many goals. I mean, they have netted just seven goals in eight games – meaning they are among the lowest scorers in the A-League.
But they don’t concede many goals, either. Having kept five clean sheets in eight matches this season, Western has one of the best defensive records in the competition. Funnily enough, Macarthur is one of only two teams with a better defensive record than Western.
Prediction for Macarthur vs. Western United
In all honesty, this matchup could go either way. Macarthur and Western have played 14 A-League games between them this season – and they currently boast a combined total of nine wins.
It is also worth pointing out that they have recorded just a single draw between them. These two sides have dealt in wins and losses this season, so steering clear of the draw bet makes a lot of sense to me.
Given the low-scoring nature of their matches, I’m confident that Tuesday’s clash will be a relatively tame affair. Six of Western’s games have ended 1-0 this season – and five of those games were won by Western.
Having taken everything into consideration, the under 2.5 goals market feels like the best bet for Macarthur FC vs. Western United.
Macarthur FC vs. Western United Betting Pick
Under 2.5 Goals1.85
This season, six of Western’s eight A-League games have produced under 2.5 goals. As for the Bulls, four of their six matches have dished up less than three goals. Need I say more?