Heat is on: 7pm kick off for Sunday’s Bulls and Wanderers clash

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Kick off time has been pushed back two hours for Sunday’s Greater Western Sydney derby between Macarthur FC and the Wanderers at Campbelltown.

The round 15 fixture was originally scheduled for a 5pm start.

But with extreme heat conditions forecast, a decision was made today to kick off at 7pm.

Western Sydney Wanderers FC are unbeaten in their last five A-League games against Macarthur FC, winning three and drawing the other two clashes.

On the plus side for the Bulls, the Wanderers have never defeated them at Campbelltown Sports Stadium, where the home side won once and drew the other three clashes.

Macarthur FC are undefeated in their last five A-League games, with four draws and one victory two weeks ago.

The Bulls have scored two or more goals in each of their last three games in the competition, so that augurs well for them.

But they key factor, as head coach Mile Sterjovski admitted after last Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Perth, will be fatigue.

And here’s a weird fact – Macarthur FC have scored 10 goals in the 76th minute or later this A-League season – the most of any team in the competition.

On the other hand, no team has conceded fewer goals in this period than their opponents, three, but that’s statistics for you.

The Bulls go into this important match celebrating a contract extension for defender Yianni Nicolaou, one of their best performers this season.

Nicolaou will be with Bulls until the end of the 2024/25 season. His contribution has been nothing short of outstanding.

Nicolaou so far this season has amassed more than 1000 minutes of playtime.

And his involvement in Macarthur FC’s AFC Cup run has been instrumental, showcasing his versatility and adaptability in five of the six matches played. In another boost to the club’s stocks, hit by injuries to key players, the Bulls have signed Walter Scott until the end of the current season.

Pictured above is Lachie Rose at training this week.

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