What’s hot and what’s not this week in the Hyundai A- League. Clement Tito identifies what he’d swipe right, and what he’d definitely swipe left.

 

Swipe Right: Oliver Bozanic

Arguably the biggest signing in the offseason it’s difficult to see this man still remaining in the A-League next year due to his superiority and his ability to dominate a football match.

His is a good story. After leaving Central Coast in 2010 and spending three years with Swiss club Luzern, partaking in two games for Australia in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Socceroo hopes to reignite his career back in Melbourne. Early signs of his brilliance showed in the FFA Cup Quarter Final, playing a pivotal role in their win against Adelaide United whilst on debut.

The Blue and White side of Melbourne registered themselves in the history books after claiming the FFA Cup last Saturday and Bozanic was a central figure at the final hurdle, scoring the second goal which ultimately sealed the win against Perth. Despite statistics suggesting otherwise for the A-League season, the way he dominates possession of the ball suggests it is only a matter of time before he accumulates more assists and goals.

The 26-year-old was not selected for Australia’s squad for their upcoming World Cup Qualifier against Kyrgyzstan in Canberra but if he keeps up his form in the A-League and starts assisting and goal scoring, he may well be there regularly.

 

Swipe Left: Adelaide United’s defending

It has not been a pretty sight for Reds fans, one draw and four losses as well as 11 goals conceded already this season. If it is any consolation for new coach Guillermo Amor, who is considered a legend of FC Barcelona, is he still has time to repair the damage, but if it does not happen soon the blowtorch may well come heavily on the Spaniard. Despite the negativity surrounding the club in the past few weeks, there are positives, this includes when they go forward, a dangerous strike force, the Spanish zest in the team with Cirio, who has relentlessly threatened on the left and Pablo Sanchez who, with provided with decent service can reek havoc on opposition defences.

Questions need to be asked of United’s defending in recent games, albeit the goals conceded may not be a true reflection of back-up goalkeeper John Hall’s decent form, Osama Malik and Dylan McGowan have looked lethargic in the lead up to goals they conceded in recent games and need to take a fraction of the blame for the heavy scoring.

Regardless of their lackluster defending in recent matches, they are far from incapable. You only have to look their Round One clash with reigning premiers Melbourne Victory and how the Reds contained them reasonably ultimately leaving Adelaide Oval in a goalless draw.

United travel to Wellington on Friday evening to break out of the bottom of the table, and with the Jets who are in good form, as well as Melbourne Victory away in the next three weeks, the clash against the Pheonix is a game United dare not lose.

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Currently studying at Deakin University in Melbourne, Clem has experience writing on AFL and has worked at Preston Leader Newspapers in Victoria. He loves reporting, spectating, discussing and playing both AFL and football.