Friday night preview: Macarthur FC v Wellington Phoenix – June 4

Macarthur FC will have all eyes on a return to Campbelltown Stadium in the A-League Finals Series but the Bulls must overcome the Wellington Phoenix on Friday to boost their chances of a top-four finish.

Having already sealed their post-season spot, Ante Milicic’s side need three points against the New Zealand outfit to give themselves a chance of marking their inaugural season with an Elimination Final showdown back on their own turf.

A win for the competition newcomers in Matchweek 24 would leave them needing either Brisbane Roar or the Central Coast Mariners to drop points to clinch a third or fourth placed finish as they strive to make their maiden campaign one to remember.

This match could be a Campbelltown farewell to captain Mark Milligan, who has announced he will retire following the culmination of the season and take his place in the back-room team of the start-up club, and the 80-cap Socceroo will no doubt be desperate to book one more history-making outing in front of his home fans.

Macarthur could finish anywhere between third and sixth based on the weekend’s results – a enviable position in the eyes of Ufuk Talay’s Phoenix side, who narrowly missed out on a place in the top six despite a turbulent season filled with disruption and uncertainly based in Wollongong due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Kiwi club’s fate was sealed when Adelaide locked up the last finals berth with a 2-2 draw against Western Sydney Wanderers on Thursday – but how things could be different if Ulises Davila had scored a last-minute winner from the penalty spot against Perth Glory last weekend. The Mexican marvel is set to play his final game in a Phoenix jersey before an expected switch to the Bulls for the 2021/22 campaign.

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Match details 

Macarthur FC v Wellington Phoenix
Friday, 4th June 2021
Venue: Campbelltown Stadium
Kick-off: 7.05pm AEST
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports

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Ins and Outs

Macarthur FC squad: 1.Adam FEDERICI (gk), 2.Jake McGING, 4.Benat ETXEBARRIA, 5.Mark MILLIGAN (c), 7.Ivan FRANJIC, 10.Loic PUYO, 11.Tommy OAR, , 12.James MEREDITH, 14.Moudi NAJJAR, 15.Aleksandar SUSNJAR, 16.Nick SUMAN (gk), 17. Kyle CIMENTI, 19.Michael RUHS, 21.Jake HOLLMAN, 22.Liam ROSE, 24.Charles M’MOMBWA, 27.Matt DERBYSHIRE, 29.Antonis MARTIS, 31.Lachlan ROSE, 33.Markel SUSAETA

**2-4 to be omitted**

Ins: 10.Loic PUYO (return from injury), 17. Kyle CIMENTI (promoted), 21. Jake HOLLMAN (Promoted)

Outs: 3.Antony GOLEC (knee – 1 week),

Unavailable: 6.Aleksandar JOVANOVIC (calf – 1-2 weeks), 8.Denis GENREAU (National Team Selection)

Wellington Phoenix squad: 1.Stefan MARINOVIC (gk), 2.Liam McGING, 5.James MCGARRY, 6.Tim PAYNE, 7.Reno PISCOPO, 8.Cameron DEVLIN, 9.David BALL, 10.Ulises DAVILA, 11.Jaushua SOTIRIO, 13.Charles LOKOLI-NGOY, 14.Alex RUFER, 15.Mirza MURATOVIC, 16.Louis FENTON, 17.Tomer HEMED, 18.Ben WAINE, 19.Sam SUTTON, 20.Oliver SAIL (gk), 21.Joshua LAWS, 23.Clayton LEWIS, 27.Steven TAYLOR

**2-4 to be omitted**                       

Ins: 2.Liam McGING (promoted), 15.Mirza MURATOVIC (promoted)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: 3.Luke DEVERE (knee injury)


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