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: Gui Finkler

The Brazilian played a terrific game against the Mariners last Thursday night. Finkler’s beautiful free kick and attractive interplay with Oliver Bozanic would stun the Central Coast. Gui stepped up on an occasion where Melbourne Victory’s relied on goal scorer Besart Berisha was unavailable. The game was virtually straight forward and looked done after the second goal with a lot of credit owed to Gui, who must be in Victory’s top five most valuable players at the moment.

 

Swipe Right: Sydney FC defence

Although conceding six goals in eight games does not sound as good as I’m talking it up to be, Sydney FC have hardly slipped up this season.

The Sky Blues have built a steady back four with Rhyan Grant, Seb Ryall, Jacques Faty and Matt Jurman all performing well, with Alex Gersbach stepping in admirably when needed.

Vedran Janjetovic meanwhile has looked solid in goals.

Despite conceding four goals in the Big Blue, Sydney have only conceded two goals in all other games and Graham Arnold deserves credit for formulating a solid backline.

That being said, Sydney need to work on putting the ball in the opposition’s net, they have scored eight goals in eight games, dishing up four 0-0 draws.

 

Swipe Right: Aaron Mooy

Is there no better man in the A-League? He comes back from playing a ripper game for the Socceroos against Bangladesh last Tuesday only to dominate another match; against the Roar three nights later.

Melbourne City may lose him. Mooy has already been dubbed as the best and most exciting player to watch in the A-League by Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou. There is almost certainly scouts circling from Europe or Asia looking to snare the 25-year-old.

 

Swipe Left: Games in the baking sun

Being outside for a long period of time in weather over 30-degrees is unsafe let alone playing a professional football match. The game in Perth on the weekend dished up a drab 0-0 draw so it seems not only is playing in the blistering heat dangerous, it also creates boring and dull games.

 

Swipe Left: Football negativity and banned fans

Hear ye here ye, we just want to watch the football.

 

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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.