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Western United vs Macarthur Predictions & Tips - Derbyshire on fire in the A-League

  • Western United vs Macarthur predictions for Saturday’s A-League match
  • The game is being played at 6.05am GMT at Mars Stadium, Ballarat
  • Matt Derbyshire has scored 4 goals in his last 2 matches
  • I’m tipping BTTS and Over 2.5 goals, with Macarthur seeing Over 2.5 goals in 4 of their last 5 matches
  • Full match preview and predictions
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Matt Derbyshire has scored four goals in his last two matches (Getty Images)
Athos Sirianos 17 Feb 2021
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Western United vs Macarthur Predictions 


Western United and Macarthur come into this inaugural encounter in regular goalscoring form. Matt Derbyshire has been a standout for Macarthur with four goals in his last two matches.

I'm backing BTTS and over 2.5 goals with value on Derbyshire scoring again.

  • Western United have seen over 2.5 goals in 3 of their last 4 matches (A-League).
  • Western United have seen BTTS in 3 of their last 4 matches (A-League).
  • Macarthur have seen over 2.5 goals in 4 of their last 5 matches (A-League).
  • Macarthur have scored 8 goals in their last 3 matches (A-League).
  • Matt Derbyshire has scored 4 goals in his last 2 matches (A-League).

Head to Head


This will be the first-ever meeting between the two sides.

Western United will host a match in Ballarat for just the third time in their history. Their last match at Mars Stadium ended in a 3-1 loss against Wellington Phoenix.

Western United Form


Western United have continued where they left off last season with several high-scoring affairs in the opening few weeks. 

They came away with a 5-4 win at home to Perth Glory, with winger Dylan Pierias scoring a debut double off the bench and midfielder Steven Lustica scoring the winner in the 84th minute.

While their next match against Melbourne Victory ended in a 0-0, Western had two goals disallowed and even struck the crossbar twice in the second half. 

Their most recent match saw them go down 3-2 away to the Central Coast Mariners. Despite taking the lead twice through striker Besart Berisha and defender Tomislav Uskok, the green-and-black failed to hang on against a fast finishing Mariners.
This will be Western’s first match in ten days with their last two matches postponed.

Western United Injuries & Team News


Forward Max Burgess returned off the bench after he was granted extended leave during the pre-season. 

Fullback Josh Risdon is still sidelined with a broken tibia, while midfielder Seb Pasqual will also miss with a hip injury.

Macarthur Form


Macarthur come in unbeaten in their last three matches and in fine goalscoring form. 

The Bulls held Western Sydney to a 2-2 draw with defenders Aleksander Jovanovic and Aleksander Susnjar scoring. Macarthur then upset Brisbane Roar away from home, defeating the then league leaders 2-0. 

It took until the 76th for the Bulls to open the scoring, with midfielder Denis Genreau scoring his first for the club. Ex-Blackburn striker Matt Derbyshire then iced the win with his 90th minute goal. 

Derbyshire continued his fine form in Macarthur’s next match against Adelaide. The forward netted a second half hattrick to lead the Bulls to a 4-0 win – their biggest yet – with captain Mark Milligan scoring as well.

Macarthur Injuries & Team News


Macarthur come into this clash with a fully fit squad. 

Derbyshire has been one of the side’s standouts so far with five goals in his last five matches. The forward has featured in every match so far and has maintained a strong level of consistency.

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Verdict

Western United continue to be one of the league’s high scorers. Macarthur and Derbyshire have shown how dangerous they can be in front of goal as well.
 
I’m backing BTTS and Over 2.5 goals, with value on Derbyshire scoring.

Best Bets: BTTS Yes BTTS @-142.86 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Best Bets: Over 2.5 Goals Total Goals @-111.11 at bet365 Sport NJ - 3 Units
Value Bet: Matt Derbyshire Anytime Goalscorer @175.00 at Borgata Sports - 2 Units
First Goalscorer Tip: Matt Derbyshire First Goalscorer @550.00 at 888sport - 1 Unit

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