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Melbourne Victory head to Campbelltown Stadium on Friday for the A-League showdown with home side Macarthur FC.
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Macarthur FC enter this match following on from a 3-3 A-League drawn game vs Melbourne City.
In that game, Macarthur FC managed 39% possession and 6 shots on goal with 6 on target. For Macarthur FC, goals were scored by Ulises Dávila (61'), Jake Hollman (83') and Matt Millar (88'). For their opponents, Melbourne City had 22 shots on goal with 7 on target. Jamie Maclaren (58', 90') and Terry Antonis (93') scored for Melbourne City.
It’s been a rare occasion in recent times where Macarthur FC have kept a clean sheet. In fact, Macarthur FC have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 matches, leaking 8 goals in the process. That kind of pattern won’t necessarily be carried forward into this next game, though.
Looking at their past form shows that Macarthur FC:
- haven't beaten Melbourne Victory in their last 4 matches in the league.
- haven't been defeated in their previous 2 home league matches.
In their last fixture, Melbourne Victory drew 1-1 in the A-League tie with Wellington Phoenix.
In that match, Melbourne Victory had 53% possession and 18 shots at goal with 7 on target. For Melbourne Victory, the scorers were Ryan Teague (14') and Damien Da Silva (41' Own goal). For their opponents, Wellington Phoenix had 0 attempts at goal with 0 on target.
The numbers tell their own story, and Melbourne Victory have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, conceding 7 goals in all. At the back, Melbourne Victory have not been doing too well.
Going into this one, Melbourne Victory haven't been defeated by Macarthur FC when having played them away from home in the previous 2 league matches.
Head to head
A review of their prior head-to-head meetings dating back to 06/05/2021 tells us that Macarthur FC have won 2 of them & Melbourne Victory 4, with the number of drawn matches standing at 0.
In all, 20 goals were yielded between them in this period, with 8 from Macarthur and 12 belonging to Victory. That’s an average goals per game figure of 3.33.
The last league contest between these sides was A-League match day 25 on 23/04/2023 which ended up with the score at Melbourne Victory 2-1 Macarthur FC.
That time, Melbourne Victory had 47% possession and 25 shots at goal with 10 of them on target. The scorers were Fernando Romero (3') and Lleyton Brooks (94').
At the other end, Macarthur FC got 17 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. Tomislav Uskok (66') scored.
The referee was Alireza Faghani.
Team News: Macarthur FC
Daniel De Silva (Hamstring injury) and Jake McGing (Groin injury) are not available for Macarthur FC boss Mile Sterjorvski.
We think that Macarthur FC may well kick off with a 4-3-3 formation in the match and select Filip Kurto, Yianni Nicolaou, Tomislav Uskok, J. Aspropotamitis, Ivan Vujica, Kearyn Baccus, Ulises Davila, Clayton Lewis, Jed Drew, Valere Germain and Matthew Millar.
Team News: Melbourne Victory
Thanks to a largely full-strength group of players, there’s just the sole fitness worry for the Melbourne Victory gaffer Tony Popović to be concerned about. Jordi Valadon (Hamstring injury) misses out for this game.
From our viewpoint, Victory seem most likely to begin the game with a 4-2-3-1 lineup, starting the game with Paul Izzo, Jason Geria, Damien Da Silva, Roderick Miranda, Adama Traore, Fabian Monge, Rai, Daniel Arzani, Zinedine Machach, C. Ikonomidis and Bruno Fornaroli.
We’ve got the feeling that Macarthur FC are capable enough to get a goal against this Melbourne Victory side, but a single goal is unlikely to be good enough.
We can see a narrow 1-2 advantage for Melbourne Victory when the full-time whistle blows. It really should be an interesting one.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Campbelltown Stadium (17,500)
Captain: Ulises Dávila
Chairman: Gino Marra
Manager: Mile Sterjorvski
Competitions: A-League position 4