Macarthur FC v Sydney FC – A-League Betting preview and prediction
Macarthur FC and Sydney FC will clash on Saturday, January 30 at the Campbelltown Stadium, which will mark their first meeting in history. We have got another A-league soccer betting prediction lined up, but it will be posted for tomorrow for the free users, while premium members should have already received it.
Macarthur FC v Sydney FC
When: Saturday, January 30 at 15:10 AEDT
Where: Campbelltown Stadium
Weather: Rain, 28°C
The Bulls enter this match off a 2-1 victory against Jets in Newcastle, which marked their second win of the season out of four games played. Loic Puyo opened the scoring with an eighth-minute goal, to which Macarthur added another in 23th with the help of Matt Derbyshire.
Newcastle mustered up some resistance with a 42nd-minute goal but were unable to equalize the match despite shooting the ball 3/8 in the second half. Macarthur ended the game with 56% ball possession and shot the ball 4/10, with one shot hitting the woodwork. Macarthur also completed 80% of their passes, however, gave up 21 fouls and received 5 yellows.
The Sky Blues suffered their first defeat of the season when they lost 0-2 to Central Coast Mariners last Friday at Kogarah. There are arguments to be made Sydney could have kept the match much closer had their goal not been ruled out by VAR, but that didn’t matter much since the Mariners were by far the better team that day.
Sydney ended their bout with 58% ball possession and shot the ball 4/12. They also completed 83% of their passes, gave up 10 fouls and received only one yellow.
This will be a crucial match for Sydney to win to bounce back from their defeat last week, but if their performances that day are any indication, the Sky Blues will struggle to overcome the high-flying Bulls. The only player that can save them from another disappointing defeat is Kosta Barbarouses, however, he has managed only one goal in three games so far this season.
Even though we are leaning more towards Macarthur for this match, we don’t expect to see a completely one-sided affair. They have been playing incredibly well so far this campaign and, in many ways, significantly better than Sydney, but that does not take away from the fact that Sydney are a tough team to defeat.
Another thing worth noting is that Macarthur lost their bout with Mariners 0-3, granted their loss happened at the start of the season, whereas Sydney lost the same bout 0-2 only last week. Macarthur have since played a stalemate with Wellington Phoenix (1-1) and won the aforementioned match against the Jets (2-1), so it’s clear there was some improvement across the last three weeks.
One thing that is very obvious in Bulls’ games is that they like to shot the ball – a lot. And not only are they shooting the ball frequently, but the Bulls also managed four goals in four games which is nothing to sneeze at.
On the other side, Sydney scored three goals in three games but managed only one in their last two. What’s more, Sydney shot the ball 28 times in their last two games, so it’s rather obvious something is not clicking in their attack. We must give them some props for trying to find the net, but at this conversion rate, it’s hard to believe Sydney will threaten Macarthur too much. Under 2.5 goals.
Prediction: Under 2.5 goals