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Macarthur FC have been forced to head to Newcastle to play Wellington Phoenix after their home ground in Campbelltown was deemed unfit for play. Join The Roar for live scores from 6:45pm (AEDT).
Campbelltown Stadium was ruled as unsafe by the Australian Premier Leagues, a bitter blow for the A-League newbies. Their second home match of the season, on December 5 against the Central Coast Mariners, also faces an uncertain future.
Featuring in the final four at the completion of its inaugural season was a creditable achievement for Sydney’s newest club. Now, a few stars have departed their ranks, yet the recruitment undertaken by the Macarthur board has been impressive.
Ulises Dávila, Daniel De Silva, Tomi Juric and Craig Noone head that list of talent and the Bulls appear to have assembled a squad capable of challenging for an A-League championship this season. Should that indeed be the case, wins against what appears to be a weakened Wellington Phoenix team will be expected and demanded by fans.
With a heavy reliance appearing likely to fall on the shoulders of Englishmen David Ball and Gary Hooper, the Phoenix look a little light on for quality and could well be set for a difficult season. Italian Nicholas Pennington is an exciting recruit and manager Ufuk Talay will be hoping some of the seasoned professionals are able to gel well with the new additions and make Wellington a competitive outfit.
Anything other than a win for the home side in this fixture will be a cause for surprise in many pundits, yet it would also see fans across the ditch absolutely cock-a-hoop, especially considering the general belief that the Wollongong-based Phoenix will struggle early in the season.
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Kick-off: 6:45pm (AEDT)
Live stream: Paramount+
Betting: Macarthur FC $2.20, Wellington Phoenix $3.00 – odds via PlayUp
Nicholas Suman, Jake McGing, Antony Golec, James Meredith, Aleksandar Jovanovic, Daniel De Silva, Jordon Mutch, Tomi Juric, Ulises Dávila (c), Tommy Oar, Moudi Najjar, Aleksandar Šušnjar, Craig Noone, Michael Ruhs, Tomislav Uskok, Jake Hollman, Liam Rose, Charles M’Mombwa, Antonis Martis, Lachlan Rose, Al Hassan Toure, Filip Kurto
Matthew Bozinovski, James McGarry, Tim Payne, Ben Old, David Ball, Reno Piscopo, Jaushua Sotirio, Luka Prso, Nicholas Pennington, Alex Rufer (vc), Louis Fenton, Callan Elliot, Ben Waine, Sam Sutton, Oliver Sail, Joshua Laws, Clayton Lewis, Kurtis Mogg, George Ott, Alex Paulsen, Gary Hooper