Match Preview: Wellington Phoenix vs Macarthur FC

Former Wellington captain Ulises Dávila returns to face his old side this weekend as the Bulls look to charge up the A-League Men’s table.

The Mexican attacking midfielder was ashining light for the ‘Nix across two memorable seasons, but departed for Campbelltown at the end of the last A-League Men’s campaign.

Fringe Socceroos striker Apostolos Giannou made his Macarthur bow against Western United on Tuesday night but failed to find a debut goal; he’ll be eager to break his duck against the most porous
defence in the league on Sunday afternoon.

“With 36 days off and first match back, it is expected the boys match fitness to not be the same as it would in the regular season. However, with these quick turn around time, it opens up opportunity for the rest of the team to have a go on the pitch,” said Bulls coach Ante Milicic.

“Wellington are very well organised and structured and have some good individual players as well that can hurt you.

“I think our round one encounter was in difficult conditions in Newcastle and was a tough game so we are expecting the same here in Campbelltown.

“If you look at the league anything is possible on the day, there are no easy games. We just need to shift our focus on ourselves and make sure we have recovered and put on a decent performance on Sunday.”