Matchweek 1 preview: Western Sydney Wanderers v Macarthur FC

The west of Sydney will never be the same again as Macarthur FC travel to face local rivals Western Sydney Wanderers in the Bulls’ history-making inaugural A-League encounter, in a match rearranged to Wednesday.

The competition’s newest team, coached by Ante Milicic and led by captain and Socceroos great Mark Milligan, take to the Bankwest Stadium pitch with the opportunity to write the first page of the Macarthur FC record books and forge their names into Bulls folklore.

It is not only an era-defining day for the cowbell-wielding fans of the team in white, gold and black, but a half-capacity at Wanderland will witness the debut of the all-new, Carl Robinson-led Western Sydney outfit.

The Red and Black have stolen a sizeable share the off-season headlines away from the start-up club, luring the ex-Newcastle Jets head coach Robinson and star forward Bernie Ibini away from the Hunter, as well as tempting Ziggy Gordon from the Central Coast Mariners and snagging James Troisi from Adelaide United.

Will Western Sydney take the first steps towards banishing their three-year Finals Series drought? Or will the Spanish maestros, Beñat Etxebarria and Markel Susaeta, make music for the new noisy neighbours in town? 

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Mark Milligan
Captain Mark Milligan leads his Macarthur FC side in a pre-season trial match.

Match details

Wednesday, 30 December 2020
Kick-off: 7.10pm AEDT
Venue: Bankwest Stadium
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports

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Western Sydney Wanderers coach Carl Robinson takes his new team through a training session.