Why Macarthur FC will win the A-League

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The Bulls have what it takes to go all the way and win their first-ever A-League title in their inaugural season.

After defeating an unrecognisable Central Coast Mariners 2-0 in the elimination final at Central Coast Stadium, the Bulls seem to have the right ingredients to lift Australia’s most prestigious football trophy. 

So, here are the reasons why the Bulls will win the A-League this year. 

Experienced players 

Macarthur entered the A-League scene with several experienced players that were a part of the world’s most significant leagues and tournaments.

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Players such as Mark Milligan, Markel Susaeta, Beñat Etxebarria, Matt Derbyshire, Adam Federici, James Meredith and the list goes on.

These players can make the difference in crucial moments of the match, and they are capable of stepping up and getting the job done if they make it to the grand final.

Milligan also announced this season that he would be retiring from the game, and as captain of the Bulls, he will make sure to finish his career on a high. 

Inaugural season momentum 

Western Sydney Wanderers won the premiership and made it to the grand final in their inaugural 2012/13 A-League season. 

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Macarthur may not have won the premiership on their first go, but they would love to prove to their local rivals that they can win the A-League trophy in their first season. 

Many did not have high expectations for the Bulls this season for obvious reasons. However, there were speculations if they were going to accomplish what the Wanderers achieved or go all the way to win the grand final.

Positive away record 

The Bulls could not have a home final after failing to finish in the top four of the table, but it may be a blessing in disguise because their away form has been better than their home form.

Macarthur struggled to get points at Campbelltown Stadium, only having won four games, drew four and lost five. 

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However, they were much stronger on the road, with seven games won, two ending in a draw, and losing four. If the Bulls had a better goal difference, they would have been the best performing team in the league in away games. 

This record can play in Macarthur’s favour, and their win against the Mariners is a sign that their away form is just as strong in the A-League finals.

The Bulls’ next match is against this season’s premiership winners Melbourne City at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium – but the question remains, will their away form continue? 

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Daniel Gualterio
Bachelor of Sports Media student from Charles Sturt University covering Macarthur FC. Passionate for the world game.
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