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: Henrique

It’s a great story. Seven months out from the start of the season Henrique had to undergo a knee reconstruction and now the slippery fish has returned. He came off the bench in his first game back since an AFC Champions League game in March and scores the winning goal against Perth. He’s known as wreaking havoc around the penalty box and he made no mistake against the Glory, celebrating with an outburst of emotion.

Swipe Right: Besart Berisha

If there was any doubt on this man before the season, he has certainly answered his critics, most of Melbourne Victory’s goals this season have been from this man. He continued his wonderful form with a hat-trick against Sydney on the weekend. He may be the most hated player in the A-League but any fan who says they wouldn’t want him in their team would be lying.

Swipe Right: Wellington Phoenix support

13654 turned up to Westpac Stadium to witness the Nix down the Reds 4-2. We could ask the question why they can’t do this at every home game but they were certainly wonderful last Friday evening.

Hopefully the Kiwi fans can rally hard this weekend against Western Sydney.

Swipe Left: Melbourne City depth

It’s a shambles. Melbourne City without their key players are awful. No Mooy, no Melbourne City? John van’t Schip certainly agreed after the performance they dished up against Western Sydney last Friday stating it was the “worst home game” the City boss had seen.

However it’s not just Mooy missing in action, players such as Corey Gameiro, Harry Novillo and David Williams have missed games and both Robert Koren and Ivan Franjic are still yet to play this season.

Swipe Left: Big Blue attendance

Disappointing. 15947 was a bitter letdown, and it looked worse on the screen as the rain had fans scrambling for the undercover seating. For the classic A-League rivalry between two big city’s, it wasn’t the glamour affair it’s been in years gone by.

There should have been a bigger turn out to watch the replay of last year’s Grand Final. Reverse the fixture and there will be at least 25000 supporters in Melbourne. You’re better than that Sydney.

 

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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.